Fewer trains across the Netherlands until February 21 due to sick staff

No thanks to the coronavirus, the Dutch Railways (NS) and Dutch traffic control ProRail are going through a wave of staff shortages. The result? There’ll be fewer trains until February 21.

Citing coronavirus infections and employees on sick leave due to quarantine measures, the two agencies warn that there will be fewer train traffic between 07:00 and 15:00 on certain routes.

According to the the NOS, the affected routes are:

  • Alphen aan den Rijn – Houten,
  • Eindhoven – Amsterdam,
  • The Hague – Amersfoort,
  • Rotterdam – Arnhem,

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But fear not travellers, entire routes will not be scrapped. In spite of staff shortages, 85% of train routes will continue as normal.

To simplify, on NS routes, four trains will run per hour on routes that would usually have six trains per hour. On routes of four trains per hour, the number of trains will be reduced to two.

Travellers are urged to plan ahead through the NS planner to avoid any disruption.

Will your train route be affected by these delays? Tell us in the comments!

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Farah Al Mazouni 🇸🇾 🇺🇸
Farah believes she's been on many adventures during her millennial life, each for a different (sometimes invisible) purpose. The latest adventure whisked her away to Amsterdam for love, and what a magical surprise she found in this city. Armed with imaginary confetti in her pocket, and ready to celebrate all wins, big and small, Farah says "ahla w sahla" or “welcome” to her latest adventure in this wonderland.


  1. I took a train from Assen to Utrecht,, young people pre teens and teens totally did not wear a mask,, no one was enforcing the mandatory mask requirement,, If the staff are off sick then think about what I just said


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