The winter weather led to one of the most traffic-jam free days on record yesterday as commuters went home early, traffic information service VID said. There were hardly any problems with the evening rush hour. The most jams were recorded around 2pm, when 136 km of traffic jams was recorded.
While the snow failed to cause chaos on the roads, commuters reacted furiously to a decision by Dutch Rail (NS) to halve train services because of the snow warning, the Telegraaf reports this morning. ‘We should look at how they manage in Scandinavia and Switzerland,’ one commuter told the paper. The NS admitted its information to passengers had not been up to scratch and that its website had been overloaded.
Psychologist Jeffrey Wijnberg told the Telegraaf that people were being unnecessarily scared about the wintry weather. ‘90% of these very public warnings are made because of worries about insurance claims,’ he said. ‘Perhaps even the [weather bureau] KNMI is worried about claims if it does not sound the alarm about the threat of severe weather.’
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