Friday 22 November 2019
Yellow alert as icy roads cause rush-hour tailbacks

Yellow alert as icy roads cause rush-hour tailbacks

Icy conditions disrupted traffic in the Monday morning rush-hour following overnight snow and sub-zero temperatures. A yellow alert was issued for the entire country apart from Zeeland as wet roads turned to ice in the early hours. The worst conditions were in Gelderland and Overijssel, where several accidents caused delays on the A28 and A50 motorways. A minibus overturned on the A28 between ‘t Harde and Harderwijk, on the eastbound carriageway heading towards Amersfoort, after skidding on ice. The ANWB... More >


DutchNews.nl destinations: getting windblown in winter on Texel

DutchNews.nl destinations: getting windblown in winter on Texel

In the winter, a wander along a blustery Texel beach is a popular way to blow the cobwebs away – lekker uitwaaien, as the Dutch would say. Robin Pascoe visited the biggest of the Wadden Sea islands. Just a few minutes by ferry from the navy town of Den Helder, Texel’s regular population of over 13,000 is constantly inflated by a steady stream of holidaymakers all year round, mainly from the Netherlands and Germany. Texel is a something for everyone... More >


Trains between The Hague and Rotterdam to run every five minutes

Trains between The Hague and Rotterdam to run every five minutes

Trains between The Hague and Rotterdam will run every five minutes from 2025 to meet rising commuter demand. The government is spending €300 million on upgrading the line and stations between the two cities to allow eight intercity trains and six sprinters to make the journey in both directions every hour. The biggest change is between Rijswijk-Zuid and Delft, where the number of lines will be increased from two to four. The change has been made possible by the completion... More >


Dutchman among tourists arrested in Cambodia for ‘pornographic dancing’

Dutchman among tourists arrested in Cambodia for ‘pornographic dancing’

A 22-year-old Dutchman is among 10 foreign nationals arrested in Cambodia for engaging in what police called ‘pornographic dancing’. Police broke up a house party in the tourist resort of Siem Reap, near the historic temple complex at Angkor Wat, attended by around 90 people. Most have been released but eight men and two women were detained, including five Britons, two Canadians, a Norwegian, a New Zealander and a Dutch national. Photos from the event show people dancing fully clothed,... More >


Vandalism on railways on the rise despite extra surveillance

Vandalism on railways on the rise despite extra surveillance

Vandalism on the railways is on the increase in spite of new preventive measures introduced by operator ProRail. The company recorded 649 incidents last year, compared to 608 in 2016. They include shopping trolleys, surfboards and bricks being placed on the tracks. ‘People often don’t realise that their actions can lead to life-threatening situations,’ said a ProRail spokesman. The most costly form of vandalism is graffiti, which costs €4 million a year to clean up. In recent years ProRail has... More >


Dutch rail operator braced for ‘huge losses’ on UK franchises

Dutch rail operator braced for ‘huge losses’ on UK franchises

National rail operator NS is facing big financial losses on its British operations, according to informed sources in the UK transport sector. ‘NS subsidiary Abellio is making very aggressive moves which can only lead to substantial losses, which NS and the Dutch taxpayer will have to bear,’ the Telegraaf quoted a top figure in the UK rail sector as saying on Wednesday. Last year NS/Abellio was fined €41m by the consumer watchdog ACM for abusing its position in tendering for rail... More >


Cheap flights from Schiphol need to end, says former environment minister

Cheap flights from Schiphol need to end, says former environment minister

The age of cheap flights in the Netherlands may be nearing its end as Schiphol airport approaches its capacity of 500,000 aircraft movements a year, former environment minister Hans Alders has warned. Speaking at the New Year reception for the Dutch airline association, the Labour party politician who now serves as chairman of Schiphol’s regional committee said there needed to be a better balance between the economy and sustainability. Lelystad Airport, which is due to relieve Schiphol by taking over... More >


Afsluitdijk blocked for several hours after bridge fails to close

Afsluitdijk blocked for several hours after bridge fails to close

Traffic on the Afsluitdijk was held up for several hours on Monday after a bridge failed to close. Long queues built up on the A7 motorway that runs over the dike heading from Friesland to Noord-Holland after the bridge at Den Oever jammed at around midday. Traffic flowing in the opposite direction was unhindered. Engineers are on the scene but it is not clear how long it will take to fix the problem. The ANWB has advised drivers heading out... More >



More realistic emission tests trigger steep rise in car purchase tax

More realistic emission tests trigger steep rise in car purchase tax

Several models of car are set to become more expensive in the Netherlands after new environmental impact tests showed they emitted more CO2 than previously thought. The new tests were introduced after it emerged that manufacturers such as Volkswagen and BMW were using software to manipulate the results of their emissions checks on a massive scale. Like its predecessor, the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Procedure is a laboratory test, but imposes more ‘real-life’ conditions such as temperature and tyre... More >


More heavy snow likely to cause rush-hour chaos on Monday afternoon

More heavy snow likely to cause rush-hour chaos on Monday afternoon

Weather forecasters are warning of more disruption on the roads and railways on Monday afternoon as a fresh band of snow sweeps in from the south. On Sunday KLM cancelled 282 flights from Schiphol and the motoring organisation ANWB reported dozens of accidents on snowbound motorways. One driver died in hospital after his car collided with a train near Velp. A further 122 flights have been cancelled to European destinations on Monday afternoon as a precaution, a KLM spokesman told... More >


Amsterdam Central Station closes ticket barriers

Amsterdam Central Station closes ticket barriers

From Monday Amsterdam Central Station’s main concourse will only be accessible to people with a valid travel card. The move is part of a wider NS strategy to improve safety and stop people travelling without paying the fare. Until now the ticket barriers have been open, meaning people can pass through without a ticket or OV chipcard. Rail operator NS has been closing the gates at main stations across the country such as Rotterdam and Utrecht over the past year.... More >


MPs back plan to make texting while driving a criminal offence

MPs back plan to make texting while driving a criminal offence

Sending text messages and apps from behind the wheel is likely to become a criminal offence after a majority of MPs said they backed a change in the law. The government wants to class using a mobile phone screen at the wheel as ‘reckless behaviour’ equivalent to driving under the influence of drink and drugs, leading to a driving ban and prison sentences for the worst offenders. Texting while driving is banned but not explicitly cited in the law, and... More >


The white elephant in your passport: EU borders have never checked a fingerprint

The white elephant in your passport: EU borders have never checked a fingerprint

Eight years since European citizens were first required to include a fingerprint scan in their passports, the technology has never been used to check a passenger crossing a border, according to a Dutch media investigation. Compulsory fingerprinting was introduced in 2009 across the European Union as part of the new biometric passport, which was intended to improve border security. The measure aimed to stop ‘lookalike fraud’, whereby somebody travels on the passport of someone who strongly resembles them. Dutch local... More >


Two killed in head-on collision on A73 in Limburg

Two killed in head-on collision on A73 in Limburg

Two people have died in a collision involving a car travelling the wrong way on the A73 in Limburg. The head-on crash happened at about 10.30pm on Sunday on the southbound carriageway, at the entrance to the Roertunnel. The drivers of both cars were killed. 1Limburg reported that one of the vehicles had been filmed driving against the traffic nine kilometres further up the road a few minutes earlier, near the Maasbracht junction, with its lights flashing. The motorway was... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Unfortunate Train Name Edition – Week 44

DutchNews podcast – The Unfortunate Train Name Edition – Week 44

This week’s podcast has a transport theme as a judge calls time on Amsterdam’s beer bikes, the Anne Frank Foundation cries foul on Germany’s national rail operator and Russia has a hissy fit over air cargo slots at Schiphol. We also tackle the mystery of the cat that travelled 150km to a Belgian town with an appropriate name. In our discussion we analyse the two-day debate in Parliament to welcome the new Dutch government. Top story Government ‘will ignore result... More >



DutchNews podcast – The Shoes That Should Be Sterilised Edition – Week 43

DutchNews podcast – The Shoes That Should Be Sterilised Edition – Week 43

In this week’s we give you the lowdown on who’s who in the new Dutch government and find out why the health minister’s shoes made a splash at the swearing-in ceremony. Others to make a splash this week were the protester who disrupted a dolphin show in Japan and the students who came up with a novel way to stop green roofs leaking. In sport, we find out why Max Verstappen is still angry about being pushed off the podium... More >



Chipcard operator launches fast-track refund procedure

Chipcard operator launches fast-track refund procedure

Public transport users will find it easier to reclaim the balance on their OV travelcards from today thanks to a change in the refund procedure. Operator Travelink has introduced online and phone hotlines so that holders of anonymous blue chipcards can arrange for the money to be paid into their bank account. Until now anonymous cards were only refunded if the owner filled in a form. Junior infrastructure minister Sharon Dijksma ordered the company to simplify the system so that passengers were not left out... More >