Statistics for 2021

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, 2021 and December 31, 2021, Rijden de Treinen has reported 3,352 disruptions. This is an average of 13 disruptions per day.

The total duration for all disruptions in this period was 11 months, 18 hours, 28 minutes. This translates to an average of 1 day, 6 hours, 40 minutes with train disruptions per day.

The average duration for a disruption in this period was 2 hours, 24 minutes.

These statistics may change as this period is not over yet.

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.

Top 10 lines with disruptions

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

  1. Amersfoort - Schiphol Airport
    172 disruptions • duration: 22 days, 11 hours
  2. Lelystad Centrum - Schiphol Airport
    146 disruptions • duration: 8 days, 17 hours
  3. Rotterdam Centraal - Schiphol Airport
    128 disruptions • duration: 8 days, 5 hours
  4. Breda - Rotterdam Centraal
    128 disruptions • duration: 8 days
  5. Amsterdam Centraal - Schiphol Airport
    127 disruptions • duration: 8 days, 5 hours
  6. Amersfoort - Amsterdam Centraal
    126 disruptions • duration: 19 days, 17 hours
  7. Almere Oostvaarders - Utrecht Centraal
    116 disruptions • duration: 7 days, 12 hours
  8. Leiden Centraal - Schiphol Airport
    110 disruptions • duration: 7 days, 9 hours
  9. Amsterdam Centraal - Lelystad Centrum
    99 disruptions • duration: 13 days, 16 hours
  10. Schiphol Airport - Utrecht Centraal
    94 disruptions • duration: 9 days, 9 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
    1,186 disruptions • average duration: 43 minutes
  2. Collision
    347 disruptions • average duration: 2 hours, 8 minutes
  3. Stranded train
    249 disruptions • average duration: 48 minutes
  4. Points failure
    231 disruptions • average duration: 1 hour, 54 minutes
  5. Signal failure
    212 disruptions • average duration: 2 hours, 17 minutes
  6. An emergency call
    131 disruptions • average duration: 44 minutes
  7. Repair works
    79 disruptions • average duration: 5 hours, 7 minutes
  8. Person on the railway track
    71 disruptions • average duration: 30 minutes
  9. Disruption elsewhere
    70 disruptions • average duration: 2 hours, 51 minutes
  10. Logistical limitations
    57 disruptions • average duration: 7 hours, 31 minutes

Disruptions per weekday

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