Amsterdam train chaos continues, commuters urged to stay home

Photo: ANP / Hollandse Hoogte / / Laurens Niezen

Commuters and travellers face chaos on Monday morning because of problems with the trains around Amsterdam and Schiphol airport, train company NS said.

The problems are likely to continue all morning and are having a knock-on effect on other routes. Commuters, the company said, should look for alternative transport or work from home. International trains are also affected.

IT problems at operator ProRail led to major disruption on Sunday evening and some people had to overnight at stations or other locations because they could not reach their destinations.

The cause of the IT problems has not yet been identified and resetting the computer system has not helped. “We cannot find the cause of the disruption,” a ProRail spokesman told news website

Overnight images on social media showed passengers with foil sheets that had been handed out by the rail operator. Others spoke of their disbelief that no bus services were being provided as an alternative.

An NS spokesman said the huge number of passengers affected by the evening breakdown made it impossible to use buses instead.

Services around Utrecht had also been affected on Sunday evening but the problems there have been solved. However, around 100 people were put up overnight in the Jaarbeurs exhibition centre because they had been stranded.

The fall-out had a major impact on fans who had been to the Harry Styles concert in the Johan Cruijff Arena and a second concert in the AFAS Live. In total, 55,000 concertgoers were in the area.

The Ziggo Dome was set up as emergency accommodation for those who could not get home using alternative means. Social media was also full of concertgoers offering others spare places in their cars.

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