NS advises travelers to avoid the route between Geldermalsen and Utrecht between 14 July and 5 August. Railway manager ProRail will be carrying out large-scale work on the route during that period and bus companies will not be able to supply sufficient buses for alternative transport due to the national shortage of drivers.
NS expects that not enough buses can be used, especially during rush hours. Travelers who do go out are advised by the NS to travel outside rush hour as much as possible or to use a detour route. “We give this travel advice gritted our teeth. We have to be honest with our travelers. If we just let everyone come to the station, there will be hours-long queues. We cannot do that”, according to the NS.
Detour Travellers who want to make a detour can do so via Breda or Nijmegen. The extra travel time is one hour. It can also be busier than usual on these routes, partly due to extra passengers during the Nijmegen Four Days Marches.
Due to the works, the intercity trains between Utrecht and Geldermalsen cannot run. There are also no sprinters between Houten and Geldermalsen. Travelers between Houten and Utrecht can still travel by train.
State Secretary Heijnen Last month, State Secretary Viviane Heijen from Infrastructure and Water Management to the House of Representatives finds a negative NS travel advice “undesirable” due to a shortage of bus transport. She then responded to parliamentary questions about the problems of arranging enough buses during the rail works between Meppel and Groningen in May this year.
Heijnen: negative NS travel advice undesirable due to too few replacement buses