The connections with Schiphol are in the top ten with the most train disruptions in the past eleven years six times, says de Volkskrant on the basis of own research. The Amsterdam Central–Schiphol route is leading the way. In total there were almost 1900 incidents on this stretch of track, an average of about one every two days. There are also frequent delays on the routes between Schiphol and Amersfoort, Leiden, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Breda and Lelystad Centrum. The Schiphol tunnel is partly to blame for the resulting delay. Until 2017, for example, fire alarms often went off after ‘small, harmless incidents’.
There are total disruptions on the track this year, writes de Volkskrant. For example, fewer trains were running than usual, including staff shortages at the NS, computer problems and the loss of employees due to corona. There were even some days nationwide train traffic was blocked. On Sunday 3 April, train traffic was stopped for half a day, when the IT system that links drivers and conductors to the correct train flew out around noon. In July, the heat was one of the reasons that trains stopped working.
If the development continues in the rest of the year, the number of disruptions will be close to the year 2019. Just before the corona pandemic hit, the NS and passengers had to choose almost 6000 ‘unplanned start to the timetable’. .