Dutch rail company NS is significantly reducing the number of trains running from Saturday, due to the coronavirus. From every station in the Netherlands, only two trains an hour will run in all directions, according to the new basic timetable. There will also be no night trains in the coming period, NU.nl reports.
The NS timetable for 2021 will entail hardly any changes for most domestic travelers. The changes are mainly on a regional and international level. The biggest change is a new night train to the Austrian capital of Vienna, AD reports.
NS made changes to its policy for regional timetable adjustments so that it can be more flexible in dealing with local snowfall. This should mean a reduction in train cancellations on snowy days, the rail company pledged in comments to the Telegraaf.
Previously, changes to regional timetables had to be made at least 12 hours in advance and applied to a whole section of a day. Now changes must be made at least four hours an advance, and apply for at least two hours.
After months of puzzling and work, ProRail announced its new train timetable for 2020. The main change is that more trains will run next year, also outside the Randstad. According to the rail manager, a new planning system means that the space on the track can be used even more efficiently next year, NOS reports.
Dutch rail company NS implemented its new timetable for 2019 on Sunday. While most train travelers will still be able to catch their regular train at the usual time, there are some major changes in the new timetable. Here follows a summary of the biggest changes, according to newspaper AD.
NS is now running five intercity direct trains instead of our. The trains between the Netherlands' largest cities Amsterdam and Rotterdam will also be longer. This increases the capacity on this connection by 20 percent.
So far the new NS timetable seems to have had positive consequences for passengers, according to the provisional 2017 performance figures the rail company released on Friday. Travelers could find a seat slightly more often over the past years, and fewer trains arrived late, NU.nl reports.
NS and ProRail are expanding their experiment with running a train every 10 minutes between Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Bosch and Eindhoven to seven days a week from December. The rail companies started out by testing this 10 minute train schedule only on Wednesdays, and the first results were very positive, ANP reports.
The new train timetables, combined with bad winter weather and delayed maintenance made for a record number of complaints directed at NS on Monday morning. The train transport company received about 700 complaints during the first morning rush hour after the implementation of the new timetables - the busiest morning rush hour ever on social media, according to NS, NU.nl reports.