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Old October 10th, 2013, 02:47 PM   #1041
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It's not that much of a blessing as it seems to be at first sight [...]
Exactly, for example a while ago I had a friend from abroad visiting for a day and we wanted to go the city center, which is just a couple of subway stops from where I live. We went to the subway station (Melanchtonweg) and guess what? You can't get a single fare ticket at the TVMs at that particular station; moreover, there is no booth or desk service either. So, we made use of their customer service line and believe it or not we were advised to take the tram instead. Which we eventually did. But, that's not all, it turned out the single fare is €3.50 which is crazy (in NY a single ride ticket is $2.30 in comparison). Not to mention that the single fare ticket is supposed to be valid for 2 hours after the first check-in and well... it isn't, an hour later we tried to take the subway and my friend's ticket was declined everywhere. A while later we decided to go home, so I tried to get my friend another ticket and again, we checked a couple of subway stations and the first place where we actually could get a single fare ticket was Beurs and it took us at least half an hour to get there from where we were. In other words: if you don't have the OV chipkaart you're screwed.
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Old October 10th, 2013, 10:58 PM   #1042
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"Plenty" is different from "sometimes"; and when it happens, freight trains usually don't stand in the station.
Actually on busy stations I see fright trains stopping, sometimes even twice.
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Old October 20th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #1043
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Is this a genuine advert? If so, is it on more than one bus and if so, which bus company/area?

http://t.co/i2SnZ6VDmR
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Old October 20th, 2013, 08:45 PM   #1044
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In English only? Unlikely.
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Old October 20th, 2013, 08:52 PM   #1045
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It's real, it was an ad in 2010 on a Connexxion bus, this is bus from Amsterdam Centraal Station to Uithoorn Amstelplein (or vice versa).


It's mentioned here on a Dutch website about advertising.
http://www.admosphere.nl/guerilla-ns...ad-this-story/
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Old October 24th, 2013, 12:05 PM   #1046
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What are the main changes for the new timetable from 15 December?
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Old October 24th, 2013, 01:07 PM   #1047
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What are the main changes for the new timetable from 15 December?
No major change this year that I'm aware of. No new lines, no new high-speed trains.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 01:35 PM   #1048
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What are the main changes for the new timetable from 15 December?
No major change this year that I'm aware of. No new lines, no new high-speed trains.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 01:44 PM   #1049
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Old October 24th, 2013, 03:52 PM   #1050
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Just noticed that the UK changes its timetable on 8 December whereas most other European countries change on 15 December. In recent years, the UK changed on the same date. I asked on a UK forum and they said the UK always changes on the second Sunday in December. What is the rule in NL?
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Old October 24th, 2013, 08:02 PM   #1051
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On European mainland the rule is "the Sunday after the 2nd Saturday". As Dec 1st 2013 is on a Sunday, it becomes the 3rd Sunday of the month.

Except for the GrenslandExpress (the local train between Hengelo and Bad Bentheim), this train will stop on December 8th. The reason? The associated concessions end on Dec. 8th due to a mistake made during tendering.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 10:09 PM   #1052
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Thanks, just spotted this:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/...2D0844:EN:HTML

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Paragraph 2 of Annex III to Directive 2001/14/EC is hereby replaced by the following: "2. The change of working timetable shall take place at midnight on the second Saturday in December. Where a change or adjustment is carried out after the winter, in particular to take account, where appropriate, of changes in regional passenger traffic timetables, it shall take place at midnight on the second Saturday in June and at such other intervals between these dates as are required. Infrastructure managers may agree on different dates and in this case they shall inform the Commission if international traffic may be affected."
So it looks like the UK has a different interpretation of this directive. They think that 'midnight on second Saturday night' means the same as 'midnight on second Sunday morning'. Unfortunately, this means that the UK will be different when the 1 December is on a Sunday.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 06:57 PM   #1053
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I heard that these standardized dates may change in future, to the night of the switch from summer to winter time (in October), from 2018 or so.
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Old October 25th, 2013, 09:20 PM   #1054
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Some operators (such as DB) and agencies (such as Treinreiswinkel) have been asking for this, because a lot of international trains open for sale only late October, while people start making plans for Christmas way in advance.

Having the yearly timetable change occur in October would mean that those trains open for sale in July/August, which better fits in with the planning period.
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 05:10 PM   #1056
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What are the major rail schemes in the Netherlands at the moment? Any new lines? Is railway investment being cut back to pay for the big road expansion?
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What are the major rail schemes in the Netherlands at the moment? Any new lines? Is railway investment being cut back to pay for the big road expansion?
There are no new lines planned, but that doesn't mean nothing is happening. Currently, a lot of stations are being upgraded or completely rebuilt to cope with increasing demand. The government is working on increasing frequencies up to a train every 10 minutes on selected routes (Programma Hoogfrequent Spoor), and the nationwide rollout of ERTMS is being prepared.

More is happening, such as SAAL: the expansion of capacity between Schiphol, Amsterdam South, Almere and Lelystad by doubling railway tracks between Schiphol and Duivendrecht and signaling improvements.
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Old November 3rd, 2013, 06:21 PM   #1058
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Sounds good, but aren't there still significant gaps in the rail network, such as Breda to Utrecht? Belgium has a lot more stations yet is a much smaller country. Although I still prefer the Dutch network as it is higher quality.
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Breda - Utrecht has been proposed multiple times, but unfortunately no plans exist to actually build that thing.
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Fyra fiasco could cost NS €465m

DURING a debate in the Dutch parliament on November 4 finance minister Mr Jeroen Dijsselbloem, revealed that the loss incurred by Netherlands Railways (NS) as a result of the Fyra debacle stands at around €221m and could reach €465m when all costs, including legal fees and the cancellation of the order for AnsaldoBreda V250 trains, are taken into account.

It is feared that the financial impact will hit NS' investment programme and will probably lead to the cancellation of the company's dividend to the Dutch state. The government had previously forecast a dividend of €119m for 2013, but Dijsselbloem says he expects there will be no payment at all this year.

In previous years these payments were allocated to the rail programme of the state's Infrastructure Fund, which provides investment in national infrastructure projects and maintenance. In the absence of a dividend from NS, the state will cover the €119m payment to the Infrastructure Fund.

NS is a publically-owned company under Dutch civil law, with 100% of the company's shares held by the state. The minister of finance is the designated shareholder, while the minister of infrastructure is counterpart to NS for operating concessions and implementation of transport policy.

The withdrawal of Fyra and NS' exit from the high-speed business means all high-speed services on HSL South will be operated by Thalys, and Eurostar from 2016.

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php...ml?channel=537
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