The number of disruptions to train service caused by unauthorized people walking along the tracks is on the rise.
ProRail, the company that manages the Dutch railway network, calls the phenomenon “rail-walking” and says the number of incidents increased by eight percent in 2011, compared to 2010. ProRail estimates that train delays caused by rail-walkers amount to an average of three hours per day.
To combat the problem, this week ProRail is starting a national campaign to inform the public of the dangers of rail-walking. Also the fine for rail-walking will be increased from 100 to 120 euros.
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