NS ‘snow plan’ means fewer trains

Dutch rail (NS) and network operator ProRail on Tuesday announced a ‘snow plan’ aimed at avoiding the chaotic scenes of last winter.

When snow has not yet fallen but the weather forecast is for ‘some snow’, the train service in the Randstad will be halved, from every quarter of an hour to every half hour.
In the days after the first snowfall, that service will be in operation if there is more than three centimetres of snow or if the temperature falls to -10 degrees of frost.
Running fewer trains will avoid the whole system becoming clogged up and passengers being stranded, according to the NS and ProRail.
Trains will be more crowded and passengers may have to change trains more often, they say.
If this system had been in use over the past ten years, there would have been 12 days on which the adapted service was necessary, according to the two rail operators.
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