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In winter, cold, snow and sleet can cause major disruptions to infrastructure and rolling stock. This in turn results in delays and fewer trains for the travelers. In this dossier you can find more information about the influence of winter weather on the rail network and the consequences it can have for the traveler. You can also read about the measures we are taking to deal with the situation in the future. See also the Winter Weather Programme that the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment publishes each year, as well as an evaluation of the past winter.

What are the consequences?

The weather has a major influence on the rail network, and the influence of extreme weather on whether trains can run or not is unpredictable and capricious. Switches can become blocked by snow, and trains can break down more often. For travelers, this often means delays and fewer trains.

What measures are we taking?

NS and ProRail place a high priority on enabling passengers to travel safely and reliably by train, even in poor weather. That is why we implement a special schedule when extreme winter weather is expected, with fewer trains than on normal days. We advise travelers to watch the weather reports and to consult the Travel Planner Xtra immediately before departure. Read more about the measures below.

Train schedule changes

More information about winter weather schedule changes.

Rolling stock

Making rolling stock more robust, de-icing, and utilising rolling stock.


Preventing switches from freezing and solving disruptions as quickly as possible.

Service and information

Extra services and staff to inform customers.


NS is responsible for passenger rail transport. ProRail is responsible for infrastructure.