Dutch households who like to spend the day out during the summer holidays now pay more to do so than five years ago. The costs involved in a day out on average increased more than consumer prices over the past five years, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday. Entrance fees for museums, zoos, and amusement parks in particular saw a significant increase.
After some 14 years of discussions and failed attempts, the Netherlands is implementing the so-called burka ban today. From now on you are not allowed to wear face-covering clothing in government buildings, education institutions, healthcare institutions, and public transport.
Amsterdam's new Noord-Zuid subway line, which opened last year, will be extended to Schiphol and Hoofddorp, Schiphol CEO Dick Benschop announced at the airport's New Year's reception on Monday. The parties involved reached an agreement to do so at the end of last year. It is no longer a question of if, but when the subway line will be extended, Benschop said, NU.nl reports.
Amsterdam will be raising parking rates in the whole city on April 1st. On Wednesday a majority of the Amsterdam city council voted for traffic alderman Sharon Dijksma's plans for the significant rate increase, the Telegraaf reports.
Subway station Stadhuis in Rotterdam was evacuated on Tuesday afternoon after asbestos was released during construction work. The station is still completely closed and no subways are running through it. Rotterdam public transit company RET calls on travelers who were in the station on Tuesday to report to the company, RTL Nieuws reports.
Arnhem Central Station was briefly evacuated on Wednesday morning after a fire alarm in the station went off. A manual fire alarm was pulled in the public transport terminal, a spokesperson for the fire brigade said to Omroep Gelderland.
As a precaution, NS decided to evacuate the entire station and halt train traffic to and from Arnhem.
The fire department investigated and found no sign of fire. The building was declared safe around 10:30 a.m. and travelers were allowed to enter the station. Train traffic was restarted and was largely back on schedule around 11:15 a.m.
Trade unions FNV and CNV reached an agreement with regional public transporters about a new collective bargaining agreement. The nationwide strike that halted bus transport and some train traffic since Wednesday, is therefore over. From Monday everything will run as usual, the unions announced on Sunday, Omroep Brabant reports.
An increasing number of people who use public transit in the Netherlands are faced with violence like threats, assault, intimidation or robbery, according to a survey by CROW among 87 thousand public transit passengers, the Telegraaf reports.
In 2017 the number of such incidents on public transport increased slightly for the first time in five years. Last year 15.5 percent of passengers reported facing violence or aggression, compared to 13.5 percent in 2016. CROW could not give a definite explanation for the increase.
The strike of regional public transportation workers in the Netherlands caused a great deal of problems for travellers on their way to and from the Eindhoven Airport. The strike had been announced on Jan. 2 by the labor unions CNV and FNV, though not everybody was prepared for Thursday's inconvenience.
As of Monday, smoking is prohibited on the seven GVB ferry lines operating in Amsterdam. The decision was handed down by the municipality of Amsterdam, and the public transit firm GVB was set to adjust its regulations and passenger announcements.
Until the end of 2017, smoking was allowed only on the rear portion of the ferry boats which often created confusion. On top of that, due to frequent crowding, non smokers can not always choose to place themselves in the non smoking sections.
The number of unauthorized people walking along Dutch train tracks increased by 200 to a total of 3,105 last year, according to rail manager ProRail. These incidents delayed 16,539 trains and meant that 1.6 million passengers reached their destinations late, ANP reports.
According to the ProRail, these so-called "rail walkers" are often hikers, people walking their dogs, children playing or vandals. "They appear especially when the weather is nice and in places where recreation and tracks meet. Think of nature areas or campsites located next to the track." ProRail said.
Amsterdam municipal transport company GVB is starting the process of going cashless. From Tuesday travelers can no longer pay with cash on night buses, the first step in completely cashless public transit in the Dutch capital. GVB is working with other public transit companies in the region to achieve this goal, Het Parool reports.
The idea is to prevent robberies by not having any form of cash on public transit. This follows a series of attacks on bus drivers across the Netherlands last year.
Amsterdam has the fourth most expensive public transport of all major European cities, according to the Relocation Price Index compiled by Movinga - an online platform for long-distance moves, AD reports.
According to the index, Amsterdam's public transit costs an average of 87.50 euros per month. Only London, Dublin and Cologne are more expensive in Europe. Cities like Berlin, Manchester, Copenhagen and Bordeaux are considerably cheaper.
The Dutch government is making another 25 million euros available to secure unguarded railroad crossings throughout the country. This is on top of 10 million euros already dedicated to the purpose, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment announced, according to BNR.
Some of the unguarded railway crossings will be closed, others will be equipped with booms or warning signs. Dijksma hopes to convince provinces and municipalities to also contribute money for this purpose.
Amsterdam travelers who had to pay extra travel expenses due to major disruptions to the city's subway traffic on Monday and Wednesday, will be compensated, municipal transport company GVB announced on Wednesday, ANP reports.
Travelers can claim compensation for extra traveling costs by completing a complaint form on gvb.nl.
A fault that brought subway traffic in Amsterdam to a standstill on Wednesday morning, is now mostly resolved. No movement was possible on subway lines 50, 51, 53 and 54 since around 8:45 a.m. Around 10:30 a.m. the subways started moving again, ANP reports.
Subway line 50, 53 and 54 are traveling according to schedule, according to municipal transport company GVB. Line 51 is traveling, but only to Spaklerweg for the time being.
Subway traffic in Amsterdam was again brought to a standstill due to a fault on Wednesday morning. There is currently no traveling on subway lines 50, 51, 53 and 54, ANP reports.
The fault occurred on one of the lines, but municipal transport company GVB decided to halt all subways for safety reasons, a spokesperson for the company said to the news wire. What the problem is exactly is unclear. The spokesperson also could not say how long it will take to fix.
The extra trains NS deploys during rush hour to help ease the pressure on overcrowded trains, are often late or do not show up at all, according to research done by newspaper AD and treinreiziger.nl based on ProRail figures. Travelers organization Rover calls this situation unacceptable.
Traffic on Amsterdam's subway lines are back on schedule after a fault in the traffic control system brought it to a standstill on Monday afternoon. The problems started around 2:00 p.m. and affected all lines. Subway traffic gruadually restarted around 6:30 p.m., according to municipal transport company GVB, NU.nl reports.
Subway line 51 fell out again on Monday night due to another fault on the traffic control system, but that fault has also beenf fixed. GVB reports no problems on the subway lines at present.
Foggy weather on Wednesday morning could mean delays for flights to and from Schiphol, the airport said on Twitter. "Visibility and airport capacity are expected to remain reduced during the day", Schiphol wrote.
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.
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.
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.