Train services will be disrupted all day after Amsterdam power cut

Train services will be disrupted all day after Amsterdam power cut

Train services throughout the country will remain disrupted for the rest of Tuesday following the power cut which left 360,000 households in Amsterdam without electricity. The situation on the trains was made worse by the discovery of an suspicious bag on platform 18 in Utrecht, which led to the cancellation of more services. NS is still advising passengers to avoid Amsterdam, Utrecht and Schiphol airport because of the train delays and says the problems will continue all day. 'No trains are in the right place and nor are the drivers and conductors,' a spokesman told broadcaster NOS. Public transport in the capital is now running normally again. The power cut happened around 4am and affected most of the city, plus Zaandam and other outlying areas. The problem was due to a fault in the main grid. By just after 9am, power had been restored throughout the city. Nevertheless, the knock-on impact of the power outage continues to be felt. Some schools were closed because the heating did not work and operations at the Slotervaart hospital were cancelled. The transport ministry’s road department warned of heavy rush hour traffic around Amsterdam as commuters use alternative methods to get to work. TT "The power outage in Amsterdam is making for some nice images of a pitch black National Museum (Rijksmusuem). And serene quiet." — Toby Sterling (@lbsterling) January 17, 2017 Grote delen Amsterdam zonder stroom: geen treinen van en naar CS — de Volkskrant (@volkskrant) January 17, 2017   More >

NL wants to bring in EU medicines agency

Train services will be disrupted all day after Amsterdam power cut The Netherlands has decided to join the race to attract the European medicines agency EMA, which will leave London after Britain quits the EU. Health minister Edith Schippers and foreign minister Bert Koenders told parliament that winning the agency would be a major boost for the Dutch healthcare sector. The agency has a workforce of some 900 people, mainly highly skilled, from all over Europe. The agency carries out the evaluation and supervision of medicines for humans and animals and regulates the launch of new drugs. The Netherlands is well positioned to house the agency because of its good international links, its good housing and education and the wide knowledge of English, the ministers said in their briefing. Competition is set to be fierce. A number of EU countries have already expressed an interest in housing the agency, including Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Denmark and Spain.  More >

Tourist numbers top 16 million

Train services will be disrupted all day after Amsterdam power cut There was a 5% rise in the number of foreign tourists visiting the Netherlands last year, and the tourist board NBTC expects a further 3% rise in 2017. That would take the total number of foreign tourists to 16.2 million, in line with the trend over the past 10 years, the tourist board said. The number of German tourists rose 7% to 4.5 million, while the number of British and Belgian tourists rose 8% to around two million. The low euro also boosted the number of visitors from the US by 15% to 1.2 million. However, there was a 15% drop in the number of Chinese visitors and a 19% reduction in the number of Russians, the NBTC said. The threat of terrorism also led to the number of Japanese tourists going down by 25%.   More >

KLM is the most on-time airline

Train services will be disrupted all day after Amsterdam power cut Dutch flag carrier KLM registered the lowest number of flight delays of all major international airlines in 2016 according to statistics released by airline rating agency FlightStats on Tuesday, the Financieele Dagblad reported. FlightStats said only 11% of KLM flights were delayed last year, followed by Iberia of Spain and Japan Airlines. KLM also topped the list of least delayed flights in 2014. FlightStats named Icelandair, where 41% of flights were delayed and Israel's El Al (56% delay rate) as the worst offenders. Analysts at FlightStats monitor as many flights as possible every year. In 2016, it compared planned take-off and landing times of 234,881 KLM flights, nearly 90% of all those operated by the Dutch national carrier. On time departures do not always mean the flight leaves its slot at its scheduled time. KLM is apparently very good at making up delays. In 2016, 83% of KLM flights departed at the scheduled time, but nearly 89% arrived on schedule. By way of contrast, only 9% of JAL flights took off late, but 12% of flights arrived at their destinations behind schedule.  More >

Amsterdam buses stop accepting cash

Train services will be disrupted all day after Amsterdam power cut All Amsterdam buses will stop accepting coins and notes from March 26, city transport company GVB said on Monday. Cash will disappear from night buses at the end of January. The bus firm is keen to eliminate cash money because of the risk of bus drivers being robbed. The company wants all public transport - including trams - to be cash free in a year's time. That, officials admit, is likely to be a major operation. Last year, tram conductors dealt with 8.2 million cash payments. In particular, tourists are likely to try to pay with cash.  More >