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Negotiations on wages and conditions between the unions and the railroad company NS have again broken down, with Friday’s strike underway, driving heavy traffic and leaving rail stations deserted.

A new offer by NS was rejected yesterday, prompting the rail company to suspend operations nationwide on Friday for safety reasons.

Train access to Schiphol is possible via the Utrecht Central – Amsterdam South – Schiphol Airport route. There are 4 trains to and from the airport every hour until 8pm, 2 trains after 8pm and 1 train after midnight. Travelers can check their trips on NS Travel Planner.

More disruption is expected on Friday as public transport workers in the regions of Friesland, Groningen, Drenthe and Overijssel are also on strike over wages.

Regional operator Arriva said travelers in Friesland and Groningen should expect disruptions to bus services. Local train schedules will operate as normal.

Local media reported increased traffic on Friday and empty train and bus stations. If negotiations between NS and the unions are not resumed, the strike will take place on Tuesday 13th September and Thursday 15th September.

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