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Getting news of bus strike in Netherlands

Old Jun 12th, 2008, 06:10 AM
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Getting news of bus strike in Netherlands

What is a good source of current news (in English) of the current bus strike in Holland? I have Googled it but don't see anything current as of today, only articles from earlier in the week. We are going there next week and would like to take a bus out of Leiden to the coast.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 06:22 AM
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Go to dutch news.nl for English up to date info.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 06:28 AM
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You could try Expatica, http://tinyurl.com/5qjc6g, www.dutchnews.nl or www.radionetherlands.nl

Cuurent situation is that in the Northern provinces the buses must now operate during the rush hour but can strike outside that time. For the rest of the country the strike is continuing. When do you leave? I can try to keep you posted on the situation until then.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 07:22 AM
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I've just heard that buses throughout the Netherlands will run from 0700 to 0900 and again from 1600 to 1900 daily. The rest of the time they will be on strike. Progress of a sort. I hope htat will help you.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 08:54 AM
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We are leaving on June 23 from NY. (The day we want to take a bus is Wednesday, June 25.)

Thank you! I will check out the news sources, but also I appreciate any first-hand updates on this.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 09:02 AM
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If I hear anymore news Rebecca I'll post it here.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 09:20 AM
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You know Leiden is not too far from the coast - if the worst happens, you could always take a taxi.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 10:57 AM
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I didn't think of that. I imagine it would be quite expensive. We are trying to budget wherever possible, considering the exchange, etc. Do you know if taxis are available at the Leiden train station? Then we would have to get back to the station.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 12:06 PM
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Yes, there are taxis at the train station. I have often gotten a taxi from Leiden to Noordwijk - which is on the coast. It costs about 20 euros if memory serves me right.
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Old Jun 12th, 2008, 12:36 PM
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It would be about the same to Katwijk. But remember that lots of people will be wanting taxis due to the lack of buses.
The government is intervening now in the strike - not sure if that is a good thing or not but it is at east movement.
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Old Jun 18th, 2008, 04:46 AM
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Rebecca, it looks like the strike will end tomorrow. The buses have been running in the rush hours throughout the Netherlands for a few days, and now the government has come up with some money it looks like it is all over.
I actually saw a bus in the middle of the day today which was a shock - I've got so used to there being no buses
I'll keep you posted on whether it actually does end tomorrow or not.
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 06:08 PM
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That's so nice of you. I've been following the sources you suggested, Expatica and DutchNews every day. And it does look like it is over. We're really glad about it because now we can meet our Dutch friend and go to the dunes. I can imagine working people really need the bus service and are happier than I am that it's over (if it is).
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Old Jun 19th, 2008, 11:52 PM
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Buses everywhere yesterday as far as i could tell Rebecca.
Have a great time in the Netherlands and enjoy Katwijk.
Btw the taxi drivers are striking today!
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Old Jun 20th, 2008, 08:00 AM
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Thank you! That's wonderful. Good timing for us. Hope the train conductors don't strike next...
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