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.
A crane hit a railway bridge on Bosscheweg in Tilburg on Monday morning, causing train delays between Tilburg and Den Bosch throughout the day. The crane driver, a 35-year-old from Riel, injured his neck and was taken to hospital for examination, Eindhovens Dagblad reports.
The collision damaged the bridge to such an extent that NS decided to close one of the two tracks running over the bridge. Trains can use the other track across the bridge, but only at a reduced speed of 60 kilometers per hour.
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.
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.
NS employees are striking in Arnhem between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. today. Train traffic may be hindered, not only in Arnhem, but also in the rest of the country. NS advises travelers to keep an eye on their site for delays before leaving for the station. So far all early morning trains left on time, AD reports.
Train travelers can expect rail traffic delays on Monday morning due to a NS worker strike organized by union FNV at Den Haag Centraal and Zwolle stations. The strike started at 5:00 a.m. and will go on until 9:00 a.m.
Most train delayes are not caused by technical faults, but by reckless behavior around the track, vandalism and bomb threats, according to ProRail figures in the possession of the Telegraaf. A recent NS study showed that a third of train conductors don't feel safe when working after 10:00 p.m.
This year train passengers are dealing with significantly more train delays due to faulty trains, according to public transit association Maatschappij Voor Beter OV. So far this year 188 trains broke down, 61 percent more than in the first quarter of 2015, according to figures AD got from the website rijdendetreinen.nl.
Thick fog in the coastal provinces and icy roads in the entire Netherlands triggered meteorological institute KNMI to issue a code yellow weather warning on Monday morning. The weather conditions can hinder all forms of traffic, the KNMI warns.
Visibility may be reduced to less than 200 meters in some places. And slickness may particularly a problem on bridges and viaducts, the institute warns. Motorists are advised to adjust their driving behavior - slow down and keep a safe following distance. Also keep an eye on traffic and weater reports.
Autumn weather and leaves on the tracks resulted in fewer trains traveling between Nijmegen and Schiphol and between The Hague and Utrecht on Thursday, NS reports.
There will be a train on these routes every 30 minutes, instead of the normal schedule of every 15 minutes. Travelers should take extra trael time of around 15 minutes into account. They also may have to switch trains more often. NS thinks the delays will last until 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
Fewer trains are traveling between Utrecht Central and Den Haag Central on Tuesday morning due to a damaged railway viaduct, according to NS. People traveling from Utrecht to The Hague for Budget Day, should take extra travel time of between 30 minutes and an hour into account.
The first half of 2016 saw a decrease in train disruptions and an increase of on time trains for NS, the railway company announced with its half-year results on Friday
Some bad news for Amsterdam residents who want to enjoy the tropical weather on the beach this afternoon - if you travel by train, count on delays. A switch malfunction means that fewer trains are traveling from Amsterdam Central to Alkmaar, Haarlem and Schiphol
Fewer trains are currently traveling to and from Utrecht Central Station due to a switch malfunction. Delays are affected travelers to and from Schiphol, Den Bosch and Arnhem.
Icy, slippery roads is causing a difficult morning commute in most of the Netherlands on Friday. A number of trains area also delayed due to frost on the tracks.
A points failure at Bijlmer station caused delays on some of Amsterdam's subway routes on Monday morning.
Train passengers will have fewer problems with delayed and cancelled trains and can expect cleaner surroundings next year, NS promised to State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment.
Fire departments across the Netherlands are under pressure with all the reports of damage caused by the massive storm that hit the country in the early hours of Wednesday morning. At one point the KNMI scaled the weather warning for strong winds up to orange.
A blown overhead contact line between Geldermalsen and Den Bosch has resulted in no trains traveling that route until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. The ANWB expects that this may make the evening rush hour even worse
There were no trains traveling between Schiphol and Amsterdam Zuid, Hoofdorp and Lelylaan for a short time this morning because of a fire alarm in the Schiphol tunnel.