Train stations like ghost towns

14th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

14 October 2004, AMSTERDAM — Train stations in the Netherlands were practically deserted on Thursday morning as most commuters seemed well informed on the nation-wide public transport strike.

14 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — Train stations in the Netherlands were practically deserted on Thursday morning as most commuters seemed well informed on the nation-wide public transport strike.

Television news bulletins showed the usually busy train stations in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leiden and Utrecht were empty, except for striking workers who gathered to show their support for the action and curious journalists.

There were no problems reported at Utrecht station even though Radio station 538 announced earlier yesterday it was putting together an ad-hoc bus service to get stranded commuters to work.

Later, the radio station announced it was scrapping the plan following objections from unions and "safety fears".

Newspaper De Telegraaf said there were some trains at platforms in Utrecht station but they were not operating.

A minority of train personnel and drivers with regional bus company Connexxion have reported for duty. But Dutch rail operator NS said it cannot guarantee any of its services would run today as most of the workers, including network controllers, were on strike.

Some regional buses were running, but the services were very patchy. There were reports of buses operating on the island Texel and in Zoetermeer.

Normal train and bus services are not expected to resume until after midnight on Thursday.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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