The Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Geboorte church in Hoogmade, near Leiden was severely damaged in a fire on Monday. The spire collapsed and there are concerns about the stability of the rest of the tower and church. The fire department will soon investigate whether the building has to be demolished. Local residents are devastated.
For the past 40 years the Dutch government has been maintaining almost all the furniture in the Noordeinde, Huis ten Bosch, Het Loo, and Soestdijk palaces, but also paid the head of state allowance to maintain the furniture, NRC reports based on its own research.
Public transport prices in the Netherlands increased more over the past decade that the costs involved in driving your own car, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday. In July of this year, public transit prices were 30 percent higher than in 2009. Personal car costs increased by 25 percent in this same period. For comparison, consumer products and -services prices increased by 18 percent in this period.
In the Netherlands, the amount of money spent on car costs is 10 times higher than that spent on public transit.
NS is running fewer trains on three busy routes - the high speed line between Amsterdam, Schiphol and Rotterdam, between Amsterdam and Eindhoven, and between Eindhoven and Heerlen. The rail company is dealing with capacity problems because trains were exposed to the heat for a long time on Wednesday and therefore need extra maintenance on Thursday, an NS spokesperson said to AD.
Overdue maintenance on bridges and tunnels can lead to a traffic disaster on the Dutch road network, according to a study by engineering firm Sweco on behalf of Bouwend Nederland. Traffic organizations ANWB and TLN call on parliamentarians to intervene. "The flow to the periphery is seriously impeded; cities can become unreachable", the groups wrote in a letter to the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, AD reports.
Amsterdam is pushing more money and effort into repairing and maintaining bridges and quays in the city, the maintenance of which was neglected over the past decades, the municipality announced. This follows a report by external researcher Pieter Cloo, who concluded that getting the maintenance of civil construction in the city back on par is a complex, major and extremely urgent task.
There will be no trains running between Utrecht and Rotterdam Centraal, and between Utrecht and The Hague this week. This line is closed until August 6th due to maintenance on the track around Gouda, NOS reports.
Around 75 percent of the railway around Gouda will be renewed, which includes replacing points, rails, sleepers and rail gravel. This is only possible if train traffic is completely halted. NS and ProRail chose this week for this task, as it is summer holidays and many people are away on vacation.
The concrete around the tram tracks on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam is in such a poor condition that major repairs need to be done as soon as possible. The road will therefore need to be be closed to tram and car traffic from September 5th to October 1st, alderman Sharon Dijksma of traffic and transport wrote in a letter to the city council, AT5 reports.
NS is dealing with multiple train traffic disruptions on Monday morning. The rail company currently has seven different train warnings listed on its site. Many cancelations, delays and platform switches are expected.
No train traffic is currently possible to and from Zaandam. According to NS, this is due to "multiple disruptions". The rail company hopes to get trains restarted in this area by 10:00 a.m.
No trains are running between Rotterdam Central Station and Den Haag Central Station this week, due to maintenance work on the rails. The work started on Monday and is expected to take until Sunday, NS said on its website.
NS advises travelers to detour, for example via Gouda, or use the Randstad Rail. One commuter train will travel between Den Haag Central Station and Den Haag HS. Buses are deployed on some routes.
The rail company advises travelers to take extra travel time of between 15 minutes and 30 minutes into account.
Prime Minister Mar Rutte is willing to lower the maintenance budget for the Groene Draeck, Princess Beatrix's private yacht, to 87 thousand euros a year instead of 95 thousand euros, he wrote in a letter to parliament
The Dutch Safety Board did in fact request raw radar images of the flight MH17 disaster from the Ukrainian government, Ukraine ambassador Olexander Horin said
The Ukrainian government never received a request from the Dutch Safety Board for radar images of the MH17 aircraft disaster, the then First Deputy Minister of Transport Vladimir Shulmeister said in an interview with Dutch newspaper AD.
Disruption in train services to and from Schiphol airport were eventually cleared up late Monday afternoon. Maintenance was scheduled to end by 5 a.m. just before morning rush hour, but the number of available trains running was significantly reduced.
A confidential inspection report in the hands of several North-Holland papers reveals that the Velsertunnel is very unsafe due to overdue maintenance, the NOS reports.
The Hoevelaken junction in the A28 highway between Utrecht and Amsterdam is going to partially be closed this weekend for reparation works to the road surface.
Prompted by a request from D66 MP, Stientje van Veldhoven, for a debate concerning the chaos on the tracks around The Hague and Rotterdam, State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrastructure will have to answer to parliament soon.
The Maastunnel in Rotterdam will close for 2 years beginning summer 2017 to carry out large-scale maintenance.
The NS rides with Fyra V250 trains again .It involves so-called maintenance rides, which are intended to prevent corrosion of parts and to prevent them from getting stuck.
Railroad traffic around Schiphol will be severely hampered this weekend by maintenance on the tracks. Travelers should expect fifteen minutes to an hour extra travel time.