- Category: News
- Created on Monday, 30 April 2012 11:58
- Written by Amsterdam Herald
ProRail said there had been no disruptions to services despite the additional burden of transporting the crowds to the annual festivities, which transform large sections of the city into a sea of orange.
A new regime of fines for ‘spoorlopers’ - impatient passengers who get out of the train before it has pulled into the station and walk to the platform - appears to have helped avoid the problems of the last few years.
The first on-the-spot fines of €240 for walking the rails were issued at Centraal Station on Monday morning, a police spokesman said.
The annual celebrations to mark Queen Beatrix's official birthday (her real birthday is January 31) see the streets festooned with orange banners and lined with pop-up street stalls as people take advantage of the 'free market' bylaw which allows them to sell second-hand goods without a licence.
The festivities have been boosted by weeronline.nl's declaration of the first official warm day of the year - defined as a day when the temperature in De Bilt rises above 20C.
Police warned that all the organised events in the city were sold out and no tickets would be available to people who turn up on the spot.
The bridge to the narrow Java island, where radio station Slam! FM is holding an open-air party, was closed an hour before the event began at noon because there was no more space.
By contrast, the Museumplein in the centre of town was said to be almost deserted. City mayor Eberhard van der Laan moved the mass festivities out of the centre of town this year in response to residents’ complaints.
The unofficial start of the Queen’s Day festivities in the city’s bars and cafes on Sunday night passed off relatively peacefully, with police reporting 95 arrests.
Queen Beatrix spent the day in the communities of Rhenen and Veenendaal, in Utrecht province.
It is the first major outing for the Royal family since Prince Friso was severely injured in an avalanche while skiing in Austria in February. The queen’s second son remains in a coma in hospital in London.