Much less busy at stations and in trains due to coronavirus call

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Rail carrier NS will run with fewer trains during rush hours from Friday. “As in the whole of the Netherlands, we also have fewer colleagues who can work.” They are used to keep the regular train services moving as well as possible. On Thursday, the cabinet called on people to work from home as much as possible to prevent the spread of the corona virus.

Passenger numbers have fallen sharply, especially in the province of Brabant. NS expects the number of travelers to decrease further due to the government’s measure to work from home as much as possible. The decision of universities of applied sciences and universities to take lectures online also plays a role in this. NS has also postponed the promotion of free travel on presentation of the book week gift. The promotion will be postponed to another date to be determined.

Less pressure

It is also a lot less busy on the highways than normal, reports the ANWB. “It has always been quieter on Friday morning, but now there are even fewer traffic jams than usual.” On “normal” Fridays, there is an average of 30 kilometers of traffic jam. Around 7.00 am there was an 8 kilometer traffic jam. That delay was caused by an accident. These traffic jams also resolved quickly.

All week it has been quieter on the road because people in Brabant stay at home as much as possible. On Thursday, the cabinet also called on the rest of the Netherlands to work from home as much as possible because of the corona virus. Anyone with complaints of a cold, cough, sore throat or fever should stay at home and avoid social contact.

Public transport sector measures

The public transport sector introduced the measure on Thursday that inspectors no longer need to hold the public transport chip card in their hands during the round on trams, buses and trains. The traveler can hold the card against the device. In stores at stations, customers are also asked to pay with PIN as much as possible. Screens at stations and in vehicles contain information from the national government with tips on preventing infection with the virus.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management has a crisis preparation group with all sectors that fall under I&W. This includes representatives of carriers in the public transport sector, ProRail, Schiphol and the CBR. All these sectors are brought up to date in that group and measures are coordinated.

Read more in our Dossier about the corina virus.

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