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Rijden de Treinen keeps track of all train disruptions in the Netherlands since 2011. Disruptions are archived by line and by cause. On this page, you can lookup statistics like the railway line with the most disruptions, the most common causes for a disruption, or the number of disruptions per month.

It may be interesting to know how these statistics are calculated, and how you can be sure that these statistics are statistically valid. See the explanation for more information about how Rijden de Treinen calculates disruption statistics, and what is the best way to interpret them.

See the list with all causes for disruption for statistics about a specific cause.


Between January 1, 2011 and December 14, 2018, Rijden de Treinen has reported 23,757 disruptions. This is an average of 8 disruptions per day.

The total duration for all disruptions in this period was 7 years, 22 days, 7 hours, 2 minutes. This translates to an average of 21 hours, 19 minutes with train disruptions per day.

The average duration for a disruption in this period was 2 hours, 36 minutes.

Statistics period

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Number of disruptions and total duration

This graphs shows the number of disruptions within the period you have selected, and the total duration of all disruptions (measured in hours).

As this period has not been finished yet, an estimate is made for the total number of disruptions within this period. This is a linear extrapolation.
A new system for informing passengers about disruptions was introduced in 2017, so a lot more disruptions have been counted since 2017. The number of disruptions from 2017 onwards is not comparable to the number before 2017.

Top 10 lines with disruptions

This list shows the railway lines with the highest number of disruptions.

  1. Schiphol Airport - Utrecht Centraal
    960 disruptions • duration: 3 months, 5 days, 18 hours
  2. Amersfoort - Schiphol Airport
    948 disruptions • duration: 3 months, 1 day, 3 hours
  3. Den Haag HS - Rotterdam Centraal
    877 disruptions • duration: 2 months, 21 days, 19 hours
  4. Lelystad Centrum - Schiphol Airport
    877 disruptions • duration: 2 months, 16 days, 8 hours
  5. Rotterdam Centraal - Utrecht Centraal
    858 disruptions • duration: 2 months, 27 days, 13 hours
  6. Amsterdam Centraal - Schiphol Airport
    851 disruptions • duration: 3 months, 2 days, 18 hours
  7. Den Haag Centraal - Utrecht Centraal
    800 disruptions • duration: 3 months, 1 day, 5 hours
  8. Leiden Centraal - Schiphol Airport
    774 disruptions • duration: 2 months, 8 days, 16 hours
  9. Breda - Rotterdam Centraal
    767 disruptions • duration: 2 months, 1 day, 5 hours
  10. Rotterdam Centraal - Schiphol Airport
    647 disruptions • duration: 1 month, 24 days, 3 hours

One disruption often impacts multiple railway lines. In those cases, the same disruption is counted for each affected line.

Main causes for disruption

In order to better understand the main causes for disruptions, Rijden de Treinen uses categories. You can see how disruptions are categorized.

This graph shows the number of disruptions per category.

Exact causes for disruption

This graph shows the various causes for a disruption and the number of disruptions with these causes. The causes for disruptions are provided by NS.

Top 10 disruption causes

  1. Broken down train
    5,475 disruptions • average duration: 56 minutes
  2. Signal failure
    2,369 disruptions • average duration: 2 hours, 27 minutes
  3. Points failure
    2,196 disruptions • average duration: 2 hours, 17 minutes
  4. Person hit by a train
    2,007 disruptions • average duration: 2 hours, 34 minutes
  5. Repair works
    904 disruptions • average duration: 5 hours, 36 minutes
  6. An emergency call
    671 disruptions • average duration: 55 minutes
  7. Level crossing failure
    607 disruptions • average duration: 2 hours, 6 minutes
  8. An earlier disruption
    588 disruptions • average duration: 2 hours, 56 minutes
  9. Signal and level crossing failure
    570 disruptions • average duration: 2 hours, 12 minutes
  10. Damaged overhead wires
    541 disruptions • average duration: 4 hours, 41 minutes

Disruptions per weekday

This graphs shows the number of disruptions per day of the week.