Timetable for 2021-2022
In the first half of 2021, NS implemented several improvements to the timetable. One example is the optimisation of transfer points Tiel and Baarn. We also reduced the travel time of Intercity trains between Leeuwarden and Zwolle and, in September, extended the Leeuwarden-Meppel route to Zwolle. In the weekends of April, May and September, NS operated extra beach shuttle trains to Zandvoort to enable customers to enjoy the fine weather.
With effect from the 2022 timetable, which was launched on 12 December 2021, the frequency of daytime Intercity services between Rotterdam-The Hague-Schiphol and Schiphol-Nijmegen has been raised to six trains per hour. There are now also six Sprinter services per hour between Rotterdam and Dordrecht – the first ultra-high-frequency Sprinter in the Netherlands. These expansions were introduced following extensive testing to guarantee a smooth launch of these ultra-high-frequency trains at the start of the new timetable.
Some other notable improvements:
Between Driebergen-Zeist and Breukelen, Sprinter frequency has been raised from two to four trains per hour.
Faster connection between the provinces of Zeeland / Noord-Brabant and the Randstad conurbation. One of the two hourly Intercity trains now offers a faster service as it only calls at the larger stations (Vlissingen, Middelburg, Goes) on working days, reducing travel time by about 15 minutes.
New Sprinter connection between Vlissingen and Roosendaal. As a result, there are now at least two trains per hour at every station in the province of Zeeland.
The Intercity trains between Alkmaar and Haarlem will operate in both directions in the morning and evening peaks.
The Sprinter train between Leiden CS and Alphen a/d Rijn will, for most of the day, continue to Woerden and Utrecht. In combination with the Intercity connection, therefore, there are now four trains per hour between Leiden and Utrecht.
Launch of daily night train from Amsterdam to Zürich and vice versa.
Dutch Grand Prix
The Dutch Grand Prix, which was held from 3 to 5 September, attracted huge crowds of racing fans to Zandvoort. Many of them came by train. By operating a train service between Amsterdam and Zandvoort every five minutes during this weekend, we were able to transport 90,000 passengers to and from the races. We also deployed more trains in other parts of the country, while adapting the timetable on less busy routes. Every day of the races, 300 additional NS colleagues were at work to assist passengers.