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'Minister did not admit full extent of winter railway problems'

Wednesday 07 March 2012

Problems on the railways during the recent cold snap were more serious than transport minister Melanie Schultz admitted to parliament, the Volkskrant reports on Wednesday, quoting NS documents.

Heavy snow at the beginning of February led to large parts of the railway network closing down. The minister told parliament this was due to problems with 23 sets of points 'which influenced services' on the first day and 39 on the second.

However, an internal evaluation by Dutch Rail (NS) focused on 662 'infrastructure disturbances', mainly broken points, the Volkskrant says.

A spokesman for the minister told the paper she had only referred to problems which directly affected services. However, Roel Berghuis, of railway union FNV Spoor, told the paper Schultz was trying to protect herself and the NS by misleading MPs.

MPs have called on the minister to restate her position.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Still waiting on my refund from NS for the ticket I could not use for planned travel that weekend....

By Michael K | 7 March 2012 11:59 AM

Heavy snow??? It lasted for two hours... thats it. How on earth can that be classified as "heavy snow"

Seriously should be ashamed of themselves.

By B | 7 March 2012 1:59 PM

Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen and Pro Rail need to be dismissed and dissolved ASAP and the NS should be completely divested from Private interests. The entire transport business in the NL must be restructured immediately. No more public/private partnerships where the private fleeces the public over vital utilities like transport, water, energy etc...

By Chek-IN/Chek-OUT | 7 March 2012 4:00 PM

^^ Public monopolies didn't work. The solution is to strength Pro-Rail, and bring more competition.

I like Melaine Schultz on the balance of things though. She accelerated good projects like accelerating the construction of new stations, managed to get correct some mistakes in the Chipkaart and put an order on HSA. But I admire her for standing up to weirdos and environwackos and shoving 2.000 new km-lanes in the austosnelwegen down the pipeline of projects under construction. Nederland is building highways on record pace since 1972! THAT is something to be proud of (her and former minister Eurlings)

By Andre L. | 8 March 2012 11:17 AM

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