Roads and trains disrupted, schools shut as winter grips the Netherlands

Cycling to work? Photo:
Cycling to work? Photo:

The wintry weather continued to cause problems on the roads and railways on Monday morning.

No newspapers have been delivered and primary schools remain closed in many places, including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Leiden, due to the transport problems. They were due to open on Monday after six weeks of closure due to coronavirus.

The A7 was closed to traffic for a time because of drifting snow, while a jackknifed lorry led to the A50 being closed in both directions.

The KNMI weather bureau has revised down its weather warning to code orange because of the continuing slippery conditions, but both motoring organisation ANWB and the transport ministry’s roads department say people should avoid all travel unless their journey is absolutely necessary.

The roads department has launched an interactive map so users can follow the progress of gritting lorries and how much salt has been sprayed on the roads.


Some train services have resumed, but remain extremely limited. ‘At the moment we cannot provide any certainty about the number of trains, the routes and the frequency,’ the NS says on its website.

Monday will remain cloudy and there may be some more light snow, particularly in the southern half of the country, according to the KNMI. The maximum temperature will be around – 5 Celsius, but it will feel as cold as -15 Celsius in the biting easterly winds.

The freezing conditions are set to continue for the rest of the week at least.

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