If you haven’t al­ready, then it is time to get your OV chip card

NS (Dutch Rail) is in­tro­duc­ing a new pol­icy that af­fects your travel: No ac­cess to sta­tions and no pass­ing through sta­tions with­out an OV chip card.


Wo­er­den in Utrecht prov­ince is the first NS rail­way sta­tion to close off its plat­forms to non-smart card hold­ers. From now on, only peo­ple with the pub­lic trans­port smart card will be able to ac­cess the sta­tion by check­ing in. Any­one wish­ing to wave off or col­lect some­one will need a smart card, but will not have to pay for a train trip. Check­ing in gives you one hour at the sta­tion with­out hav­ing to pay the ba­sic tar­iff. Wo­er­den is one of five sta­tions where the NS has been ex­per­i­ment­ing with closed bar­ri­ers dur­ing rush hour since Jan­uary. The NS plans even­tu­ally to close off 82 sta­tions com­pletely and is test­ing this at 26 sta­tions this year. In ci­ties such as Am­s­ter­dam Cen­tral, Lei­den and Amers­foort the sta­tion is also a through­way from one side of the city to the other. In th­ese cases, peo­ple will be able to load a “right of pas­sage” onto their smart card or ap­ply to the lo­cal coun­cil for a spe­cial pass. «

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