After nearly two decades of construction and countless engineering and financial setbacks, the futuristic Arnhem station is finally opening its doors on Thursday. State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and environment will do the honors at 6:30 pm.
Silence fell across the Netherlands and other European cities as noon struck on Monday, in honour of the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.
The upgrades to the tracks surrounding Utrecht Central Station is likely to cause delays throughout 2016. ProRail has been working on this project over the past two years and the final stage will start next year.
ProRail is facing a budget shortfall of approximately 575 million euros for projects planned in the period 2018 to 2028.
The rebuilding of Utrecht Central Station is costing significantly more than initially expected. So far the project is 53 million euros over budget.
Due to "multiple faults" the train traffic between Utrecht Central and Driebergen-Zeist, Houten, Leidsche Rijn and Utrecht Zuilen has come to a complete standstill. The disruption started around 11:15 a.m. NS initially stated that the problem should be cleared up around 2:00 p.m. but has since retracted that statement. "It is not yet known how long this will last", can now be read on the rail company's website.
ProRail is concerned about the increasing number of kids seen playing on train tracks. Train drivers have reported 168 incidents of kids playing on or near train tracks so far this year, compared to the usual 150 to 200 reports a year.
ProRail CEO Pier Eringa wants to investigate whether it is possible to have trains continue their routes after a fire due to a burning smell. According to him, a burning smell should not be enough to close down the Schiphol tunnel.
Thursday morning's disruption to train traffic around Schiphol was the last straw for commuters association Rover. The association has had enough of the train failures that has been plaguing the airport.
The renovation of Utrecht Central Station is running a year behind and may go up to 100 million euros over the 270 million euro budget, the Financieele Dagblad reported on Thursday based on internal documents of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.
Due to the hot weather expected for today, NS will be adjusting the train services on a number of routes.
The problems on the track at Amsterdam Centraal has been fixed, but travelers should still take extra travel time into account. According to NS, this is because the schedule has to get started.
The many train traffic distortions that occurred in the Schiphol airport tunnel the last few days is a major concern for Pier Eringa, according to De Telegraaf. Eringa, the newly appointed head of national train infrastructure firm ProRail, says that rail traffic was stopped for hours because of issues related to maintenance.
NS will deploy more employees on trains and in stations that have an above average number of aggressive incidents, the company announced on its website. NS expects this measure to improve actual safety as well as the feeling of safety of staff and passengers.
According to State Secretary Wilma Mansveld, arming NS security guards with pepper spray and batons is a "difficult step". Union FNV Spoor has been advocating arming NS security guards as a result of the recent series of violent attacks against conductors.
A 34-year-old woman from Deventer was detained at a train station after throwing a debit card reader at the head of an NS employee on Wednesday, NU reports. The NS staff member managed to come away from the incident with just a sore jaw, police reported.
There are currently no trains traveling between Roermond and Venlo. A bomb from World War II was found in Swalmen at Roermond while work was being done near the tracks. Rail traffic can only resume once the bomb has been made safe.
Rail traffic between Apeldoorn and Deventer came to a standstill after the train accident yesterday morning. At around 08:30 a.m. the train from Apeldoorn crashed into a car that was parked on the rail at the crossing in Stationstraat at Teuge. The driver of the car was killed. It is believed that he was committing suicide by parking his car on the tracks. All the passengers on the train escaped unharmed.
The management of Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), ProRail and the unions will discuss the violence against train workers with State Secretary Wilma Mansveld (Infrastructure and Environment) and Minister Stef Blok (standing in for Security and Justice) tonight, Het Parool reports.
Rail traffic to and from Utrecht Centraal station i likely to be delayed or cancelled through 4pm Monday while repair work continues on faulty overhead connection cables.
There will be fewer trains traveling to and from Utrecht today due to a faulty overhead contact line, NS reports.
Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan and the city's aldermen want to build a large, underground bicycle parking garage for 7,000 bikes on the south side of Amsterdam Centraal Station. The storage is planned for an area between Prins Hendrikkade and the pathway to the station, just west of the entrance to Damraak, in an area called the "Open Havenfront," the city announced on Wednesday.
ProRail apologized to thousands of travelers who were stranded by a train failure around Utrecht Central on Monday with a video posted on YouTube on Tuesday and advertisements in several newspapers today. A signaling and points failure severely disrupted rail traffic throughout Monday.
State Secretary Wilma Mansveld of Infrastructure has demanded clarification of both NS and ProRail regarding the repeated problems on the track. The latest problem was yesterday in Utrecht. It started around 08:15 a.m. and was only resolved at around 21:00 last night.