ProRail is going to use drones and 3D scans to map out trees along the Dutch railway. In this way the rail company wants to identify trees that are at risk of falling over or losing branches before they cause delays on the tracks, NOS reports.
The number of train passengers in the Netherlands is expected to grow by 45 percent in the coming decade, according to ProRail. The rail manager is therefore investing at least 20 billion euros into rail renewal, so that it can cope with the passenger increase, ProRail CEO Pier Eringa said to the Telegraaf.
"People are sick of traffic jams on the road and in the city they are massively rushed into the train. That's great, of course, but something has to be done to absorb that explosive growth."
A container ship crashed into a railway bridge in Gouda on Sunday. The accident halted train traffic between Gouda and Boskoop on Sunday, and fewer trains will run on this route on Monday, NS reports. The rail company hopes that train traffic will return to normal by 6:30 p.m.
The bridge shifted on its foundation due to the accident, and the safety net is visibly torn. "The bridge is damaged to such an extent that specialized technicians have to take measurements", ProRail said on Sunday.
A 66-year-old driving instructor from Amersfoort was killed in a collision between his car and a train in Bussum on Tuesday. His student, an 18-year-old girl from Bussum, managed to get out of the car and off the tracks just in time.
The accident happened around 11:15 a.m. on a rail crossing on Herenstraat, according to the police. The driving instructor died at the scene. None of the 140 passengers in the train were injured. Another train took them to their destination.
At least 37 people were arrested around the KNVB cup final between Feyenoord and AZ Alkmaar in Rotterdam's De Kuip stadium on Sunday. Feyenoord won the match 3-0. Football supporters damaged multiple trains heading towards Rotterdam, ProRail reports.
ProRail is closing an unguarded rail crossing on Tuunterweg near the village of Aalten to cars after a fatal accident on the crossing on Wednesday night. A 19-year-old motorist from Aalten was killed when his car was hit by an Arriva train, Omroep Gelderland reports.
The car was hit by an Arriva train traveling between Arnhem and Winterswijk on the unguarded crossing. The police are investigating how this accident happened.
The first train from the city of Groningen to Eemshaven arrived at the new station at 9:47 a.m. on Wednesday. With that the northernmost station in the Netherlands is officially operational. The train ride from Groningen to Eemshaven is 51 minutes long, with stops at nine stations, NOS reports.
The Arriva train targets people who work in Eemshaven and tourists. From now on a train will run to Eemshaven five times a day. The train connects to the boat to the German Wadden island of Borkum.
Major work needs to be done on the railways of the high speed line in order to keep trains running on time. That will also require major investment, according to an external study NS and ProRail had done, RTL Nieuws reports.
No train traffic is currently possible to and from Rotterdam due to a major signal- and switch failure. How long this problem will last is not yet clear. NS deployed buses to get travelers out of the cold and to their destination, AD reports.
The fault occurred around 9:30 a.m. on the line between Rotterdam and Gouda, but soon spread to the whole region. No trains are running to and from Rotterdam Centraal.
The number of train tracks at Amsterdam Centraal will be reduced from the current 15 to 9, and two new train tracks will be built in Amsterdam Zuid, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure announced on Thursday, the Volkskrant reports.
The track reduction at Amsterdam Centraal forms part of major renovations at the station. By reducing the number of tracks, platforms can be widened and the capacity can increase, according to the State Secretary. The number of switches will also be reduced. More trains must thus be able to use the station in less time.
A train crashed into a car in the Drenthe town of Echten on Thursday morning. The motorist was killed in the accident. No one in the train was injured, the Drenthe police said on Twitter.
The accident happened on Velingweg around 8:45 a.m., according to NU.nl.
The police are investigating exactly what happened.
ProRail is also investigating the current situation on the track. Train traffic is halted between Meppel and Hoogeveen until at least 12:15 p.m., according to NS.
A gas leak near Amsterdam Central Station temporarily halted train traffic in the Dutch capital during rush hour on Monday morning. The leak was discovered around 8:30 a.m., and fixed by 9:20 a.m., but ProRail expects it will take a while yet before all trains are running on schedule again, ANP reports.
Trains running between Amsterdam Central, Duivendrecht, and Amsterdam Bijlmer Arena were affected. NS reports that the delays are decreasing.
A few hundred train passengers spent over five hours stuck on a train between Woerden and Gouda on Wednesday. The train came to a stop when the overhead line suddenly broke, part of it landing on the front of the train. The train lost power, and the passengers were left stranded with nothing to eat or drink, NU.nl reports.
ProRail is investigating possibilities for high speed trains between Amsterdam and Groningen or Leeuwarden. The Dutch rail manager would like to have a train run this route in an hour, instead of the current over two hours, NU.nl reports.
It will not be necessary to install a high speed line, but the speed on existing lines will need to be increased considerably, according to the newspaper. The fast train will also not stop anywhere along the way.
An intercity train crashed into a car on the crossing on Eperweg in Nunspeet on Monday night. The motorist was killed.
The accident happened around 8:40 p.m., according to Omroep Gelderland. As far as is known, the train driver and passengers were unharmed. Another train was deployed to transport the passengers on the rest of their journey.
The police are investigating how the accident happened. So far nothing is known about the identity of the motorist.
A train crashed into a car on a crossing between Holten and Rijssen on Monday morning. The person in the car was killed in the collision, a member of ProRail's incident team confirmed on Twitter.
The accident happened on the Keizerdijk crossing on the outskirts of Rijssen, the Telegraaf reports. Emergency services - ambulances, police, fire department, and ProRail's incident team - were at the scene within minutes. But it was quickly revealed that the motorist could not be saved.
After a massive storm did large amounts of damage to the Dutch railways on Thursday, NS and ProRail expect that trains will mostly run according to schedule on Friday. Repair work is still being done on some routes and there may be some last minute changes to the train schedule today. NS advises passengers to check the travel planner shortly before departure and to keep an eye on the information boards at train stations.
Over 150 damage claims were made along the Dutch rail lines during Thursday's storm, of which there were about 40 serious incidents. Although limited train service in the Netherlands was expected to begin on Thursday at 5 p.m., the railroad infrastructure firm ProRail advised passengers to find alternative ways home.
A western storm is set to hit the Netherlands this morning. A code orange weather warning for very strong winds is in effect for all provinces except the northern ones, where a code yellow warning is in place. Road users in Groningen are also warned to beware of icy roads. All forms of traffic will be affected by the storm, with canceled flights, fewer trains, and more traffic.
Chaos on the railways during snow storms in the Netherlands last month can partly be attributed to rail manager ProRail not being ready for the winter - work on the heating systems of some 50 rail switches was not done yet, AD reports. "At a limited number of locations, the work on switches had not yet fully been completed", ProRail spokesperson Jaap Eikelboom said to the newspaper.
Police in the Netherlands arrested a Maltese man for making a false report about a bomb threat that purportedly targeted an international train, a police report revealed on Sunday. The train, travelling from Amsterdam to Berlin, Germany on December 28, was prematurely stopped and evacuated in Oldenzaal, Overijssel as a result of the report.
Rail manager ProRail will start experimenting with self-driving trains on several routes next year. The first test involves freight trains on the Betuwe-line. And the first experiment with passenger trains will happen in the province of Groningen, NOS reports.
The freight trains tests will be done in cooperation with Alstom, a company that is developing a system for automatic train operation. The experiment in Groningen will be done in collaboration with transit company Arriva and the province of Groningen.
"Completely idiotic action seems to be a perfectly correct description", State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure responded to incidents of fireworks being pelted at moving trains in Amsterdam and Den Bosch on Sunday. "Let people who work for all of us do it safely!" she wrote on Twitter.
The police had to clear out a conference center in Zaandam during the early hours of Tuesday morning, after a party attended by 300 to 400 Eritreans from across the country turned into brawls, NOS reports.
The evacuated Eritreans spread over the center of Zaandam afterwards. The police deployed a helicopter to keep an eye on the situation, according to news wire ANP.