Along with a few small train stations in Zeeland, the NS station at Schiphol is on the bottom of the list of reliable train stations in the Netherlands, according to a ranking compiled by RTL Nieuws and the website Vertraagd.com. One in eight trains to and from Schiphol station are delayed, and 1 in 25 never even reach their destination.
NS managed to prevent a strike by train drivers and conductors that are members of union VVMC planned for today with a lawsuit. The court in Breda banned the strike for the time being because there is a safety risk when crowds of people are stuck together, for example on platforms. From January 6th the union is allowed to arrange a strike, NRC reports.
A blind passenger fell from a train in Roosendaal on Friday after the doors opened on the wrong side. He escaped the incident shaken, but unharmed. NS is taking measures to prevent this happening again in future, AD reports.
NS train drivers and conductors that are members of union VVMC will be striking in the Randstad region on Friday, the union announced on Wednesday. NS expects that the strike will have "major impact across the country" that may last the entire day, NU.nl reports.
The strike is scheduled from the start of the morning until 11:00 a.m. Drivers and conductors stationed in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Hoofddorp will be striking. The union could not say how many people will actually lay down their work, but did say that the willingness to take action is great.
The next Dutch government should include a Minister for Mobility, who must focus on improving the connection in and between cities to prevent a further increase in traffic jams and accidents, according to a manifest set up by a coalition consisting of seven major public transporters and car companies, NOS reports.
The police are investigating whether arson was involved iin a fire on a train at Amsterdam's Sloterdijk station on Wednesday night. The fire was relatively quickly extinguished, but did delay train traffic between Sloterdijk and Haarlem for hours afterwards.
According to the Telegraaf, the train was on its way to Beverwijk, but stopped in Sloterdijk when smoke was smelled. All passengers got out of the train unharmed. The train was then moved to outside the station, about 200 meters away, where firefighters got to work extinguishing the fire.
Former NS CEO Timo Huges wants Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem of Finance to testify in the criminal case surrounding irregularities in the procurement of public transport in Limburg. According to Huges' lawyer Daan Doorenbos, Dijsselbloem has to explain "criminalizing statements" he made about the former CEO, the lawyer said in the court in Den Bosch on Tuesday, NU.nl 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.
After years of renovations, the Utrecht Centraal train station finally opened today. And all travelers were invited to enjoy the day long celebration of the reopening, DUIC reports.
The festivities started at 6:30 a.m. with a lesson from yoga teacher Christa Schep. "Try to keep your breathing calm and constant", you could hear her saying from the balcony, over the rush of people trying to catch their train.
Slick railway tracks caused by fallen leaves and rain resulted in fewer trains traveling on the busy routes between Nijmegen and Schiphol and between Den Haag Central and Utrecht Central, NS warns. Delays can be up to 15 minutes per journey.
Trains with damaged wheels can not travel on slick tracks, according to Het Parool. Damaged wheels skid on slick tracks when a train tries to brake and can lead to significant damage.
Train traffic between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam was halted for some time on Monday due to fire alarms. The alarms turned out to be false and train traffic is now slowly resuming, though travelers still have to take delays into account, according to NS.
"There were two reports of smoke In the tunnel and on platform three", a spokesperson for the safety office said to NU.nl. "Our hypothesis is that the smoke came from a braking train."
The Netherlands had its first autumn storm of the season on Sunday. Five people were injured in Arnhem when deck screens were blown over and hit them. And reports of damage came in from accross the country, NOS reports.
Rail manager ProRail and NS are working together to establish a team of specialists trained to deal with major disruptions to rail traffic. The team will be called the Centra Monitoring and Decisions Bod and will be headed by ProRail, NOS reports.
The team will gradually start working in January and should be completely operational in March. It will be able to change the trian timetable when things go wrong on the track, with the aim of decreasing delays and inconvenience to travelers. A number of NS employees are transferring to ProRail to strengthen the team.
Scheduled train service between Amsterdam and Schiphol airport will not take place this weekend due to maintenance work on the railroad. Travelers will instead be transported by bus to and from the airport, which should take an extra 15 to 30 minutes, the Dutch railway NS stated on its website.
The service interruption is part of a long-term plan to build additional tracks and overpasses so more trains can service the airport from the capital city, railway maintenace firm ProRail said on its website.
Train drivers and conductors will get more variety in their work, NS agreed with unions VVMC, FNV and CNV while discussing the new schedule for 2017 on Tuesday, ANP reports.
NS, ProRail, municipalities and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment are together investing 80 million euros into creating 80 thousand extra parking spots for bicycles at train stations, the Telegraaf reports.
Train travelers in Amsterdam may have to deal with cancelled or delayed trains during the evening rush hour on Monday. NS expects "possible disruptions" due to striking train drivers and conductors from 5:00 p.m. on Monday.
The train drivers and conductor will hold a meeting at Amsterdam Central Station starting at 5:00 p.m. They will not work during this meeting. It is as yet unclear how many train drivers will be taking part in the strike, and therefore the possible consequences are also not clear.
NS, public transporters, unions and government parties teamed up to set up an actioin plan aimed at reducing violent incidents on public transport. The intention is to reduce the number of incidents by 20 percent by 2018, according to the Telegraaf.
The plan includes improving the share of information about perpetrators, extra surveillance and extra security staff with additional powers, according to the newspaper.
A signal failure brought train traffic around Amersfoort to a complete standstill on Monday morning. No trains are traveling between Amersfoort and Barneveld, Utrecht, Weesp and Zwolle, NS says on its website.
Nearly all train travelers will be affected in some way by NS' new timetable, which takes effect on December 11th. The timetable will be released on the NS website at noon on Friday
NS CEO Roger van Boxtel instructed his company's employees not to use trains during rush hour in an effort to reduce overcrowding. He wants the rail workers, which use the trains for free, to make room for paying customers, Telegraaf reports based on an email Van Boxtel sent to employees.
NS conductors will not be checking train tickets today in protest against the railway company's plan to remove the second conductor from some double decker trains. The labor action is in collaboration with union FNV and will last until 3:00 p.m. on Monday
No trains are currently stopping at the station in Weesp due to a "suspicious situation". The police are investigating, according to the Gooi en Vechstreek Police on Twitter.
There are still fewer trains traveling between Utrecht Central and Den Haag Central, though NS managed to get delays down to extra travel time of between 15 and 30 minutes, the rail company says on its website.