Public transport companies forced to adjust timetables due to high Covid absenteeism

Amsterdam public transport provider GVB will drive less often after a growing number of employees who have contracted the coronavirus or have to self-quarantine. The majority of fallout will occur on bus lines.

Rotterdam‘s RET metros will also run less frequently from Monday. HTM, The Hague‘s city transport company, is still at this stage, but plans for high absenteeism are ready, a spokesperson said.

U-OV, the carrier for the Utrecht region, has already organized vacations because it was quiet on buses and trams. The agreement will be extended until January 28.

“We do our best to ride the standard schedule, but due to sick or quarantined colleagues, schedule adjustments may be necessary.” For this reason, some buses will run less frequently from next Wednesday and other bus lines from Monday 31 January.

In Rotterdam, the metros will run less frequently from Monday. Buses and trams will continue to run on the regular schedule. Total coronavirus absenteeism at the carrier is high, a spokesperson said earlier this week. “We will continue to monitor the situation,” the spokesperson said. “If the infections go down, it will take a week for everything to be back to normal.”

According to an HTM spokesperson, there are currently enough people to maintain the regular schedule, but the company is also struggling with staff on sick leave. “If this no longer works, we will announce a few days in advance that we will be operating with a limited schedule,” the spokesperson said.

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