Strikes in Amsterdam Public transport

14th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Amsterdam public transport company GVB on Monday kicked off three days of actions in protest against the government's planned budget cuts to public transport.

There will be less trams, buses and metros in service across the capital. The Hague and Rotterdam will see similar actions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

GVB will scrap tram routes 14 and 25 and a substantial number of bus routes. Two of the ferries between the Central Station and Amsterdam Noord will not be running during rush hour. All other trams, buses and metros will run less frequently.

The actions are intended to make clear to passengers what the consequences of the planned budget cuts would be. The government wants to cut 120 million euros from the public transport budgets of the three main cities. Many tram and bus routes would be either scrapped or shortened.

Parliamentary party leaders Job Cohen labour Party, Emile Roemer Socialist Party and Jolande Sap GreenLeft will attend a demonstration outside Amsterdam Central Station in a show of support.


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