No problems with new NS timetable

10th December 2007, Comments 0 comments

It does not look as if the new NS train timetable has led to any serious problems during Monday's rush hour.

10 December 2007

UTRECHT – It does not look as if the new NS train timetable has led to any serious problems during Monday's rush hour. At 6.30 am all trains were running on schedule, a spokesperson for rail infrastructure manager ProRail said.

"There are no gaps in service, no routes that have unexpectedly been cancelled, and no passengers are wandering aimlessly looking for trains that they cannot find," the spokesperson said. "The first work day couldn't have got off to a better start."

The NS also reports that all works around Hilversum station were finished on time. The station has a new connection to the intercity network. International service to and from Berlin also stops in Hilversum now. The station has been renovated over the past years and has a new platform as well.

For the first time rail infrastructure manager ProRail was unable to satisfy all the demands of the transport companies this year. The Netherlands has one of the busiest rail networks in the world and maintenance works have to be carried out on a large scale.

Train routes have had to be stopped and delayed as a result, causing inconvenience for travellers. On some days and routes the last scheduled trains will be leaving 30 minutes to an hour earlier. Early birds should double check schedules as well since the earliest trains are now leaving 30 minutes to an hour later than according to the old timetable.

Despite criticism from commuters' organisations last week the NS is enthusiastic about the new timetable, which it says will be an improvement for the majority of travellers.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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