Friday 22 November 2019




Schoolchildren urged not to jump level crossings as train services increase

Schoolchildren urged not to jump level crossings as train services increase

Rail network operator ProRail has written to 250 schools located near a main railway line urging pupils not to take chances on level crossings. The number of trains between Amsterdam and Eindhoven has been increased to six per hour on Wednesdays, meaning crossings will be shut more often. ProRail is concerned that children cycling to school in the morning may get frustrated and try to jump over the crossing when the barriers are down. The company has written to schools in towns including Boxtel,... More >




No bridge over busy waters: minister wants tunnel to Amsterdam north

No bridge over busy waters: minister wants tunnel to Amsterdam north

Caretaker infrastructure minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen is maintaining her preference for bicycle and pedestrian tunnels linking Amsterdam with its northern flank, she said in a letter to the city council made public on Thursday. Schultz objects to the bridge links over the IJ waterway which are favoured by the council. Amsterdam municipality is scheduled to debate ‘the jump to the north’ next week, the Parool has reported. The chief drawback to the bridge proposals is that they will have to... More >





Average speed cameras to be placed on high-risk provincial roads

Average speed cameras to be placed on high-risk provincial roads

Average speed cameras are to be introduced on 11 provincial roads in an attempt to cut the rate of accidents and deaths in traffic. The cameras will be placed on N roads with two or four lanes in five provinces – Friesland, Flevoland, Utrecht, Zeeland and Limburg. The stretches of road have been chosen because they have a high accident rate or drivers regularly exceed the speed limit on them. ‘Our experience has found that drivers keep more closely to the speed limit over... More >





DutchNews podcast – The Bus Baby Eagle Edition – Week 21

DutchNews podcast – The Bus Baby Eagle Edition – Week 21

Our latest podcast features the mother in Breda who checked in for one on the bus but checked out for two, why a Dutch-trained American eagle is minding Donald Trump in Brussels, and how a court decided an Iraqi refugee was ‘not gay enough’ to stay in the Netherlands. We also discuss the fall-out from Ajax’s defeat in the Europa League final and whether we’re any closer to a new Dutch government. Top story Work starts on Amsterdam Eurostar terminal News Gay refugee... More >


More passengers can use mobile phones to check in on trains and buses

More passengers can use mobile phones to check in on trains and buses

Android phone users can check in for bus and train journeys using their mobile after an ‘OV chip’ app went live on Monday. Subscribers to Vodafone, KPN, Telfort, Simyo and Yes Telecom can swipe their phones at check-in points rather than use their OV chipcard once they have registered online. However, the system is currently only available to passengers paying the full fare. Passengers rights group Rover said it was pleased with the development of the app as a viable... More >


Fines for minor speeding offences rise by 31% in a year

Fines for minor speeding offences rise by 31% in a year

Nearly 70,000 people were fined last year for exceeding the maximum speed limit by one kilometre per hour, according to figures obtained by AD. The number of minor infringements on 130 km/h roads increased by 31% in 2016 compared to the year before, following an 18% rise the year before. In 2014 just 12,000 fines were handed out for the smallest infringement. Geert Priem, head of the ANPV police union, said the fines were a form of stealth tax on... More >


Dutch Turks ‘cannot leave Turkey’ due to travel ban

Dutch Turks ‘cannot leave Turkey’ due to travel ban

Up to 100 people have been banned from leaving Turkey to return home because they have been critical of Turkish President Erdoğan’s government, reports Dutch broadcaster the NOS. The national broadcaster claimed on Thursday night that ‘certainly ten and perhaps up to 100 people’ of dual nationality have had their passage home blocked, in the run-up to a constitutional referendum that would give Erdoğan sweeping new powers. Many, it reports, were visiting family or on holiday and some are now... More >