Thursday 19 September 2019
Gay Pride festival to be smaller and quieter: new event rules

Gay Pride festival to be smaller and quieter: new event rules

Amsterdam’s Gay Pride festival is set to shrink in the future, according to the Parool. Eberhard van der Laan, the mayor of Amsterdam, has informed the city council that the number of parties in streets and squares will be limited, and the traditional fun fair at the Dam will disappear from 2019. The restrictions are part of a new events policy aimed at controlling noise and crowds during the Dutch capital’s frequent events. The Gay Pride summer festival celebrated its... More >


Trains running again in Groningen after collision on level crossing

Trains running again in Groningen after collision on level crossing

The rail line between Groningen and Roodeschool has reopened after being shut by a collision between a train and a milk tanker on Friday afternoon. The Arriva train was derailed in the collision just outside the village of Winsum. Eighteen people were hurt, including the driver of the lorry. Eleven of the victims were taken to hospital but none suffered serious injuries. Recovery workers spent the weekend removing the train from the scene using a crane. The carriages needed to... More >





Schiphol taxi ‘harrassment’ slammed by lead singer of Skunk Anansie

Schiphol taxi ‘harrassment’ slammed by lead singer of Skunk Anansie

British singer Skin, from rock band Skunk Anansie, has criticised Schiphol airport for allowing travellers to be ‘harrassed’ by taxis touting for business rather than joining the official queue. She has posted a video – viewed more than 142,000 times – of ‘official guys fighting dodgy guys’, all trying to persuade people arriving at the airport to take their taxi. ‘Now I’ve travelled the world and been to many scary airports but I have to say this is the worse![sic]’... More >






Beer bike ban in central Amsterdam from 2017

Beer bike ban in central Amsterdam from 2017

  They inch slowly around corners and up bridges, sip by sip, as their riders intersperse pedalling with drinking. But now the controversial ‘beer bikes’ will be banned from most of central Amsterdam, reports the Parool. Eberhard van der Laan, mayor of Amsterdam, announced the ban in a letter to councillors on Monday. It said, reports the paper: ‘The ban includes parts of the city where there are most complaints of nuisance (the Haarlemmerbuurt and canal rink) and areas where... More >


Driving licences on your mobile phone ‘in next few years’

Driving licences on your mobile phone ‘in next few years’

Driving licences could be available as a phone app in the next few years under plans proposed by the vehicle licensing service. Bas van den Berg, head of the driving licences unit at the RVW agency, said the technology for mobile licences was in development. ‘You’ll download an app from the store and the details of your driving licence will be stored in a secure manner,’ he said. The proposal came on the day when paper driving licences officially expired.... More >


On yer bike! Cyclists take most comfortable route over quickest

On yer bike! Cyclists take most comfortable route over quickest

Cyclists choose the most comfortable route over the quickest one, according to a study by Royal HaskoningDHV engineers and Eindhoven University of Technology. The Parool reports that cyclists choose their path dependent on the quality of the road surface and extent of hills, rather than going for the shortest distance. They would rather cycle for four more minutes than tackle a steep bridge or bumpy road, the study says. This flies in the face of conventional traffic modelling (and the... More >


Train conductors suspend ticket checks to protest staff reduction plan

Train conductors suspend ticket checks to protest staff reduction plan

Some train conductors are refusing to check tickets on Monday in protest at plans to cut the number of staff on double-decker trains. The FNV union is taking industrial action against the proposal to use one conductor rather than two, claiming it will compromise safety for staff and travellers. Instead of checking tickets, conductors are handing out leaflets asking passengers to support them. ‘Moreover, working on the trains is physically demanding,’ FNV spokesman Andries van der Berg told NOS. ‘It’s less strenuous... More >




Thousands of dead chickens close road after crash on A2

Thousands of dead chickens close road after crash on A2

Thousands of dead chickens spilled from an overturned truck on the A2 have caused the road to be closed heading northwards from Eindhoven, reports NOS. The truck, which had a trailer full of 3,200 chickens, overturned early on Tuesday morning and many of the fowl died in the crash or in collisions with cars. The road is closed from De Hogt junction while vets examine the surviving chickens and rescue those with a chance of survival. Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch transport... More >



Self-driving bus passes first road test

Self-driving bus passes first road test

Self-driving buses have been tested on the open road for the first time between Schiphol airport and Haarlem. The buses are equipped with 20 cameras that can react to traffic lights and are programmed to travel in the middle of the road. A driver sits at the controls ready to step in if the automatic system fails, BNR reported. The goal is to have the first automatic buses in service by 2020. ‘I think it’s going to be a while... More >


North-South Amsterdam metro line delayed (again)

North-South Amsterdam metro line delayed (again)

  The North-South metro line will open in July 2018, nine months later than the last projections, reports NOS. The head of transport at Amsterdam municipal council, Pieter Litjens, said there were several problems, including co-ordinating the necessary software, testing all parts, and the bankruptcy of two contractors. ‘There has been a lot of nuisance caused by the works in recent years,’ he admitted. ‘So it is even more annoying that there is a delay.’ The late opening will affect... More >