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Dec 27 '17 13:50

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. 

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Dec 26 '17 10:13

"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.

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Dec 26 '17 08:01

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. 

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Dec 25 '17 09:40

Someone pelted trains in Amsterdam with fireworks on Sunday night. One train was hit and gave the driver such a fright that he could not complete his journey, ProRail said on Twitter.

The rail manager called this a "completely idiotic action" which could have put the lives of the passengers and driver in danger. "The driver watches over the safety of the passengers. If he is so startled that he misses a signal, it can cause accidents", a ProRail spokesperson said to NOS.

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Dec 8 '17 08:30

The province of Overijssel is investigating whether ProRail can be held liable for mistakes made in the construction of a renewed railway between Kampen and Zwolle, the Telegraaf reports. The rail manager announced on Thursday that the .

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Dec 7 '17 13:00

Errors were made in the construction of rail lines near Kampen - the foundation is not stable enough for the fast electric trains intended to use the line. As a result, the planned opening of the new Zwolle Stadshagen train station on Sunday, has been postponed, ProRail announced according to RTL Nieuws.

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Dec 5 '17 13:30

ProRail is taking a number of measures to improve the flow of passengers through Schiphol train station, in an effort to keep up with the airport's growth. The first to be implemented, is the installation of an LED screen above the platform, which will show travelers where an oncoming train's doors will be located, AD reports.

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Nov 27 '17 07:26

Road users should expect a very busy rush hour on Monday morning. No train traffic is possible on one of the busiest routes in the country, due to maintenance work that is taking longer than expected. And rain and wind will only add to the problems. 

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Nov 6 '17 13:10

The Netherlands must take the lead in developing the hyperloop by making sure that the country gets the first test track for this high speed transport system, a number of Dutch companies wrote in a letter to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, which covers Transport, NU.nl reports.

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Nov 6 '17 12:30

ProRail will rebuild and revamp large parts of Amsterdam Central Station, Amsterdam Amstel Station and Schiphol Station in the coming years, a spokesperson for ProRail confirmed to NU.nl after reports in the Telegraaf. This is necessary to accommodate the new 10-minute train schedule ProRail and NS plan to implement.

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Oct 27 '17 16:10

NS and ProRail are expanding their between Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Bosch and Eindhoven to seven days a week from December.

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Oct 18 '17 13:20

NS and ProRail's on the route between Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Bosch and Eindhoven, is showing very positive first results. The trains run mostly on time and cancellations are on par with the national average, ANP reports.

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Oct 12 '17 10:00

The provinces of Friesland and Groningen, with rail manager ProRail, plan to start testing a train running on hydrogen next year. The provinces hope that hydrogen will prove to be a cheap and sustainable alternative to the diesel trains currently running between Leeuwarden and Groningen, the Volkskrant reports.

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Sep 6 '17 11:10

On Wednesday morning NS and ProRail started an experiment on running trains on the busy route between Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Bosch and Eindhoven every 10 minutes. The experiment went well during the first morning rush hour, according to the rail organizations, AD reports.

According to NS, the waiting times for travelers were a bit shorter this morning. "The crowds were similar to a normal working day", NS said. A spokesperson added: "We had no cancelations or significant delays. We'll keep a close eye on it for the rest of the day."

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Aug 14 '17 07:55

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. 

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Aug 1 '17 09:19

ProRail established a special team to check all fire alarms that go off in the Schiphol tunnel. The rail operator hopes that this team will help stop fire alarms in the tunnel leading to chaos and hours-long delays on the track in the Randstad area, ANP reports.

Fire detectors in the tunnel often sound alarm over small and relatively harmless incidents, bringing train traffic to a stand still while the alarm is investigated. According to ProRail, the new team will check out what is going on within 10 minutes of an alarm and solve the problems themselves as far as possible. 

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Jul 31 '17 07:29

No trains are traveling between Leeuwarden and Zwolle on Monday morning after a person was killed in a fatal accident on the N31 near Widrum in Friesland. A car drove down the slope and ended up next to the track. According to broadcaster NOS, the car caught fire and the driver was killed.

The driver was the only person inside the car. The N31 was closed down in both directions so that emergency services could do their work.

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Jul 18 '17 10:40

A video appeared on Dumpert on Monday showing two teenagers hanging off the booms at a railway crossing in Friesland. ProRail will be pressing charges against the boys, hoping to send the message that "the railway environment is not something to joke with", a spokesperson for the rail company said to the Volkskrant.

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Jul 4 '17 12:36

A major signal interruption in the Randstad means that no train traffic is possible to and from The Hague Central Station. Passengers have been stuck on a train near the station for over an hour, according to AD. 

The disruption is also causing delays and problems in the rest of the Randstad region, according to NS. Train traffic to and from Leiden Central Station is also at a standstill. And no Intercity-direct trains are traveling on the HSL route between Rotterdam and Amsterdam. 

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Jun 29 '17 09:35

Train travelers can expect significant delays during the summer holidays as ProRail is using this time to do extra maintenance on the rails. Some 7 thousand ProRail employees and contractors will carry out maintenance in 40 places in the coming period. "Travelers will have a lot of inconvenience, but unfortunately that can't be helped", ProRail CEO Pier Eringa said, according to RTL Nieuws.

Jun 23 '17 10:18

ProRail is installing camera surveillance at railway crossings. The rail company is concerned that road users will be more tempted to ignore red lights at the crossings once on the routes between Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven in September, a spokesperson for ProRail said to NU.nl.

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Jun 21 '17 12:25

From September 6th NS and ProRail will perform tests in running six trains per hour between Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven. For 14 Wednesdays a train will leave on this route every 10 minutes. If these tests go according to plan, there will be six trains per hour on this route every day from the start of the new timetable in December, NOS reports.

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Jun 16 '17 09:45

ProRail and NS are calling on the government to invest in better bike parking facilities at train stations. Existing facilities need to be better deployed and the use of public bike sharing must be encouraged, according to the two rail companies. Though bike sharing seems to need little encouragement - the demand for shared bikes was 35 percent higher in May than a year earlier, AD reports.

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May 30 '17 07:32

A freight train collided with a truck in northern Limburg on Tuesday morning. The accident happened at a railway crossing near Colombusweg, between Blerick and Sevenum. No one was injured. No train traffic will be possible between Eindhoven and Venlo for the rest of the day, ProRail expects, ANP reports.

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