Starting Friday, the NS will have fewer trains during rush hours since less commuters are expected than usual. This is a response to Prime Minister Rutte’s call to work from home yesterday to contain the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
Already in North Brabant, an NS spokesperson said
there were fewer passengers during rush hour in the past week compared to before the outbreak of the virus in the Netherlands.
The spokesperson continues that tighter measures around the coronavirus outbreak means that it is now “extremely much quieter” at stations and in trains. The NS staff has taken photos of these ‘ghost towns’:
Although the NS understands that their might be some public outcry about this decision, due to fears of overcrowding of the few trains that do run, the spokesperson assures that this won’t be the case since it only concerns ‘a few dozen’
The NS also wants to take into account its staff – and in order to prevent infections, it will deploy train personnel only where necessary.
More information about COVID-19 in the Netherlands
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