Due to the strike, few trains are running in the Netherlands and the roads are congested.
Yesterday’s strike in North Holland and today’s official action in Central Holland have affected traffic across the country. Staff are on strike for better pay and conditions.
The Eurostar and Thalys international train services and the route between Amsterdam and Schiphol are still in operation. Apart from the services from Alfen to Gouda, regional services are also carried out.
“Utrecht is the heart of NS train operations,” NS said in a news release. Many trains run from/to Utrecht Central Station. Many NS colleagues and many key operational functions are based in Utrecht. When they abandon their jobs, it has far-reaching consequences not only for timetables across Holland, but also for some sections of international trains.
But a spokesman for the FNV union, one of the people behind the five-day strike action, told the NOS that NS itself had decided to pull trains in other areas.
Road traffic is reported to have increased as a result of the strike.
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