Facebook Twitter Linkedin Google Plus Tell a Friend
Home| Columns| Features| International| In Dutch| Dictionary| What's On| Jobs| Housing| Expats| Blogs| Books
««« previousnext »»»

Snow blankets most of the Netherlands, bringing transport chaos

Tuesday 15 January 2013


All but northern parts of the Netherlands were blanketed by snow on Tuesday bringing chaos to the roads and public transport.

The ANWB motoring organisation said the total 1,003 kilometres of traffic jams recorded during the morning rush hour was the longest on record. Dutch Rail (NS) reduced services in order to stop the rail network grinding to a standstill, but there were major problems around Rotterdam and The Hague.

The traffic chaos is heaviest in the central urban belt from Amsterdam to Rotterdam and The Hague, the ABWB said. But there are also considerable problems on the roads in Zeeland and western parts of Noord-Brabant.

More snow

Between five and 10 centimetres of snow have fallen in southern parts of the country, with up to five cm in central areas. But according to one report, up to 19 cm may have fallen in The Hague, making it an exception to the rest of the country, website Weerplaza.nl said.

Isolated snow showers are expected to continue for most of the day, weather forecasters say.

The temperature is expected to remain below zero all day and plunge to as low as -8 Celcius overnight, as the big freeze continues towards the weekend.

Trains and planes

Train services have been hardest hit in Zuid-Holland, with cancellations hitting commuters in The Hague, Gouda and Rotterdam because of problems with the points, the NS said.

The NS said on Monday evening it would run reduced services because of the wintry weather. This means some 50% fewer trains are operating on some routes.

Schiphol airport says passengers should be prepared for delays and cancellations because of the snow, and is urging people to check with their airline for details.The problems are not only due to the weather conditions in the Netherlands but abroad, where services have also been scrapped.

Eindhoven and Rotterdam regional airports said flights were getting away with some delays.

Bus and tram services are running in most places but subject to delays and some cancellations.

The snow also led to 1,800 driving tests being cancelled.

Share your experiences using the comment form below and send your snow photographs to our Facebook page.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

"But there are also considerable problems on the roads in Zeeland"
Strange, because according to local news the problems were minor:

By pepe | 15 January 2013 11:28 AM

Bringing chaos? Why? We all knew it was coming. Can people no longer adapt to change?

By @CluthaDubh | 15 January 2013 11:45 AM

We profit from the weather by building windmills but also lose out when it snows, a bit of give & take, nothing to shout about really..

By The visitor | 15 January 2013 12:21 PM

Snow is big news theses days.When the snow comes all important news takes a side step. That's good news for the government.

By Jason | 15 January 2013 12:27 PM

I think the trains in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam line were running more accurately than usual. Except the Fyra, of course. But nobody counts on the Fyra anyway.

By phantom | 15 January 2013 1:08 PM

Much like blowing off a hand or blinding oneself with fireworks, "transportation chaos" has now achieved the status of "tradition" in the Netherlands. We should find another minister who tells us to pee on the roads to save both water and salt!

-lighten up, it is all in good fun!

By Rick Kane | 15 January 2013 3:03 PM

Yet despite the weather predictions, there was no effort from Gemeente Amsterdam to get the salt trucks on the roads before the morning commute.

Not that I'm surprised because the city never takes preventative measures to try and make the streets safer when it snows. I just feel bad for all of those people who'll end up with broken wrists and sore bums on their way to/from home.

By Amanda | 15 January 2013 4:27 PM

"The snow also led to 1,800 driving tests being cancelled." seems that dutch driving license doesn't allow you to drive in snowy conditions ?

By Haarlemer | 15 January 2013 4:53 PM

phantom: you think wrong. The HSL-Zuid (the tracks over which Fyra run) didn't close for traffic, contrary to what happened in Leiden, for instance.

By A.L. | 15 January 2013 5:36 PM

When it snows in the UK, it always makes headline news and causes transport chaos, It seems to be the same in NL land as well.
In England the news always says that on the continent traffic is not affected when it snows, but that is not the case.

By almorr | 15 January 2013 5:54 PM

What a shambles! Stranded at Utrecht this morning. Going home via Den Bosch this evening. Five hours of travel. Surely in 2013 some bright spark can come up with a way of ensuring a full service is available after a few cm of snow? So much for Dutch problem solving!

By sc | 15 January 2013 6:29 PM

We are visitors to this earth. It doesn't care what we think, the weather is, and will stay, above our control.
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors survived an age of it; I'm sure that city commuters will do so too, for a short time.

Bunch of whining ninnies. I save my concern for the elderly and infirm.

Stay home with your central heating, book a days leave; stay in bed with a hot chocolate and watch the amazing transformation of our world to white. Appreciate the beauty outside our 'control'.

By osita | 15 January 2013 6:43 PM

Coming from Chicago this is nothing but then we have adequate snow removal on call 24 hours ahead of any impending storm. Now we are the only ones on our street with a shovel and The Hague won't even plow the main streets by us...so we stay home and avoid the madness!

By M | 15 January 2013 7:29 PM

for the first time in more than a year of regular trips to/from the airport, my trip from Amstel to Schiphol yesterday morning was ON TIME! I don't know how the situation was later in the afternoon but I was actually impressed how NS had their act together yesterday! Granted my flight was delayed but only because the plane was late arriving.... can't blame Schiphol for that...

By Michael | 15 January 2013 10:52 PM

Spring will be here before you know it!

By Maudy | 15 January 2013 11:49 PM

Sneeuw glorious SNEEUW.

Groetjes van Sydney (Soesterberg) Australia. Presently it's Bloed Heet at 43 degrees. So, where is "my" KLM?

Lang Leve Het Huis van Oranje!

By Johanna & Cecilia. | 16 January 2013 12:24 AM

We must get serious about all this CO2 induced Global Warming ;-)

For a glimpse of reality, see:

By tomwys | 16 January 2013 4:14 PM

i am in Canada and was just intersted to find out the weather conditions in Holland as nothing was noted in the news, only about England, France and Germany. In Canada it is now -6 and hardly any snow, which is unusual.

By maria wennink | 20 January 2013 10:14 PM

Newsletter| RSS| Advertising| Business services| Mobile| Friends| Privacy| Contact| About us| Tell a Friend
Apartments for rent Rondvaart - Amsterdam