Nearly entire train network shuts down in Netherlands over strike | transport News

Employees at the railway company NS stop working in the central Netherlands, which serves as a hub for nearly all train lines.

Almost the entire Dutch railway network has been closed as workers are affected by high inflation and ongoing staff shortages. strike to demand higher wages and working conditions.

Staff at the railway company Nederlandes Spoorwegen (NS) stopped work for Tuesday in the central Netherlands region, which serves as a hub for nearly all train lines, halting trains across the country.

One exception is the line connecting Amsterdam with busy Schiphol airport, which reopened after a closing strike on Monday.

Utrecht Centraal Station, the country’s largest rail hub and usually packed with tourists, was eerily deserted on Tuesday morning.

The train schedule display lights up with the word “cancelled” in red and a station announcer explains in Dutch and English that services are being affected by the strike.

NS said in a statement that international trains operated by Thalys and Eurostar were back running after being halted on Monday.

Schiphol said in a warning to travelers that NS had indicated that four trains per hour would run between the airport and the Dutch capital’s central station.

Unions have called for a series of strikes on the Dutch rail network after talks over a new collective labor agreement broke down.

All trains listed have been marked "Cancelled" red at Utrecht central station as train services are nearly shut down during a series of rail workers' strikes in the Netherlands
All trains listed are marked “cancelled” in red at Utrecht Centraal station [Peter Dejong/AP]

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