The severe autumn storm that moved over The Netherlands this morning and early afternoon has passed. The code red weather alarm has now also been withdrawn for the northern provinces. Code yellow for dangerous weather is still in effect for all provinces except Limburg.
The storm that moves across the country, leads to major problems on the tracks. Traffic to and from Amsterdam Central, and North of Zwolle has come to a stop, due to the storm.
The stormy weather in the Netherlands continues on Monday. The Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI) announced a code orange for Monday.
On Sunday wind gusts of 100 km/hr were measured near IJmuiden. The KNMI expects speeds up to 140 km/hr on Monday.
KLM canceled some flights, departing from Schiphol to a European destinations as a precaution,because of the expected storm. All intercontinental flights will proceed as scheduled
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: the string of incidents at the end of the Netherlands-Russia year-of-friendship, a missing Amersfoort Labour councilor, the impact of heavy rainfall with millions in damages in its wake and Greenpeace' tireless effort to free their crew from a Murmansk prison.
Transport company Arriva wants to ride the Fyra route. It is in the interest of the traveler and the taxpayer for Secretary Mansveld to seriously examine the plan, according to Arriva director Hettinga during a hearing in the House.
Train drivers are furious about a commercial from the Donor Week. It features a triathlete running across a closed railroad crossing in front of a train.
NS admits to skipping smaller stations to make up for delays. According to the railway company it is required to ensure the timetable is not disrupted too much and causes even more delays.
Fyra manufacturer AnsaldoBreda is not allowed access to three technical reports that the NS and the Belgian NMBS have used for their decision to quit with the V250 trains.
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features: the ongoing effort of Greenpeace to get their crew released, the developments around Oad, and NS still trying to best the Fyra nightmare
The biggest flaw in the Fyra V250 was the battery. It had major difficulties with charging, overheating, the isolation and grounding, to name a few things.
The municipality Lansingerland has major objections to the alternative Fyra-plans of State Secretary Mansveld (PvdA).
A train was brought to a full stop on the route between Utrecht and Amersfoort because it was fired upon. The missile turned out to be a piece of gum, reported the police.
The Fyra is safe and can be used for unlimited commercial purposes. The high-speed train has received the necessary permits for this purpose.
The round-up of some of this week’s most noteworthy events and news stories features NS railroad maintenance, price increase of train tickets, and the future of Fyra, the continuing developments on Google glass, the stabbing death of a Swedish girl, the concerns around the Oosterschelde storm surge barrier, Netflix entering the Dutch market, concerns about radical Muslims, the Muslim brothers, private policing by Muslims, the uncertain future of Ibn Ghaldoun.
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.
The price of train tickets will rise by 3.4 percent in 2014. In this way, according to the Dutch Railways (NS), the travelers help to pay for the higher costs for the use of the track. This was reported by RTL News.
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.
Starting September train travelers will have access to free Wi-Fi on 48 NS stations. Working with KPN, the NS will offer free wireless internet on stations in cities such as Amsterdam, The Hague, Groningen and Maastricht for at least one year.
The Dutch Railways have a net loss of 76 million euro in the first half of 2013. Over the same period last year they had a profit of 147 million euro. This is evident from the interim results of the Railways, which was published on Tuesday.
During the question hour on Tuesday, State Secretary Wilma Mansveld promised to come up with an alternative for duped travelers who are affected by the fact that the Fyra will not run anymore.
D66 MP Stientje van Veldhoven was wondering why the State Secretary was caught by surprise by the decision of the Belgian Railways to abandon the Fyra.
As the only share holder of NS, Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem wants to be more strict towards the railway company. He announced this during his weekly interview at RTLZ.
Dijsselbloem spoke about the meeting he had on Monday afternoon with NS chairman Bert Meerstadt. Dijsselbloem says that he doesn’t want to be informed anymore by the NS when they have made a decision already, but that he wants to be informed before a decision is made. “The NS has to consult the share holder in a much earlier stage and I am going to be sure, by myself, that this will not be forgotten.”
The Dutch high-speed line (HSL-Zuid) has so far cost 8 billion euro. The only company using the track is the Belgian-French company Thalys. The Dutch railways (NS) and their Fyra are standing still and the top of NS has now decided that the Fyra will never be in use.
That the NS decided to stop with the Fyra was announced on Monday after the Board of NS informed State Secretary of Railways, Wilma Mansveld. The board says that research shows that the train is insufficiently reliable.
Travelers can use the free Internet in trains for another year. The Dutch Railways, Nederlandse spoorwegen (NS), extends its contract for wifi in intercity trains with provider T-Mobile with another year.