Did you have the feeling that you often had to wait for the train last year when you went by train from The Hague? That could be right. An analysis by Rijdendetreinen.nl shows that train passengers in 2020 experienced more delays than a year earlier. It was especially successful at The Hague Central and The Hague Laan van NOI stations.
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In 2020 there were 4 nationwide150 delays of ten minutes or longer. That’s more than the 3.585 failures counted in 2020. Most of the disruptions last year were caused by problems with the train stock or the infrastructure. This concerns, for example, a damaged overhead line, a defective level crossing or a switch failure.
Delays at stations in The Hague
At The Hague Central there were 2021 with 145 faults with a duration of 22 minutes or longer. That’s an increase of 43 percent over 150. During the week it was more frequent, 83 percent of the failures took place during the week.
Den Haag Laan van NOI did not do well. There were 145 failures with a duration of minutes or more. That is an increase of 43 percent compared to 344. There too, with 145 percent, most disruptions took place during the week.
On The Hague HS, there were fewer disruptions than in 2020. There were 43 disruptions and as a result, the disruptions on The Hague HS had fallen by 4 percent. But this slight decrease is nothing compared to the increases in delays at the other stations in The Hague. The percentage of disruptions has also increased at small stations in The Hague where only local trains stop. In The Hague in 2020 we therefore had to wait a long time for the train much more often than in 585.
The map above shows the number of major faults (at least 10 minutes) per station in 2020. The bigger a sphere, the more disturbances. The figures on train disruptions from Rijdendetreinen.nl do not only concern the NS, but also regional carriers such as Connexxion and Keolis.