NS advises passengers to avoid taking trains

22nd December 2009, Comments 0 comments

More traffic jams, long delays at train stations and airports are expected on Tuesday.

Utrecht – The Dutch railway company (NS) issued a travel warning for a second day Tuesday, asking passengers to avoid taking the trains if necessary as trains run less frequently.
As only stop trains are running, the NS warned passengers to expect long delays and extra transfer time.

Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures led to the cancellation of dozens of trains on Monday. Trains which were running went slowly and stopped at every station.

Traffic jams on the roads persisted throughout the day throughout the country. According to Dutch Automobile Association ANWB, the morning traffic jams never resolved and simply became the evening traffic jams. The organisation said the evening tailbacks totalled 130 kilometres, which was rare for the holiday season.
The ANWB, which also operates a breakdown service, had to work overtime to help 6,000 stranded motorists Monday.
Amsterdam's Schiphol airport expected more stranded travellers who would have to spend the night. On Sunday night, around 700 people spent the night on camp beds at the airport. Flights have been delayed or cancelled due to the snow.

However, not everyone is unhappy with the snow. A large portion of the Netherlands will almost certainly have its first white Christmas since 1981.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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