In the month of May, work will be carried out on the railways at various locations in Groningen. ProRail is working on the track between Groningen and Meppel, at the Groningen station, but also on the routes to the north and east of the province. NS and Arriva are using buses. Travelers should take additional travel time into account. It is not possible to bring bicycles on the bus.
Consequences for the train trip:
- From May 7 to 22, buses will run instead of trains between Assen-Meppel.
- From May 10 to 20, buses will run instead of trains between Groningen-Meppel.
- On May 14 and 15 there will be buses instead of trains between Groningen-Veendam/Weener.
- On May 21 and 22 there will be buses instead of trains between Groningen-Veendam/Weener.
- From May 24 to 29 there will be buses instead of trains between Groningen-Eemshaven.
- On May 29, buses will run instead of trains between Groningen-Groningen Europapark, Groningen-Zuidhorn and Groningen-Delfzijl.
- Travelers should take into account the extra travel time that can be up to 45 minutes (depending on the route).
- It is not possible to take bicycles on the buses that replace the train.
Work in Onnen and Hoogeveen ProRail is working on the railway curve in Hoogeveen. By adapting the track at Hoogeveen, trains will soon be able to run faster, improving transfer options at Zwolle and Groningen. ProRail also works for 10 days in the parking yard in Onnen. Now there is a conflict in the schedule between freight trains and passenger trains. With the installation of new points, freight trains will soon be able to enter and exit the parking lot more easily and trains will have to wait for each other less often. At the same time, ProRail is working on the renewal of tracks and on the overhead cables between Groningen and Meppel.
As a result, buses will run between Meppel and Assen from May 7 to 22 instead of trains. Due to the work of Operation Julianaplein, trains between Groningen and Assen will continue to run on the weekend of May 7-9, but from May 10-20 there will be no trains on the Groningen-Assen route and buses will run between Groningen. and Mepel.
On the route between Groningen and Eemshaven, work is underway on the underpass at Winsum. Buses instead of trains will run between Groningen and Eemshaven from May 24-29. In the week of May 24-29, several important activities will take place for the Groningen Spoorzone project. Due to this work, no train can run to and from Groningen station on Sunday May 29. As a result, buses today run between Groningen and Europapark, Groningen and Zuidhorn, and Groningen and Delfzijl. In these six days, the current tracks 7 and 8 of the Groningen station will be moved to the new track deck on the south side. Additionally, the monumental signal box will be moved to a temporary location on the platform to create space for the north cofferdam of the pedestrian underpass, bike tunnel and bike shed. The contractor is also building an auxiliary bridge between the south and north construction sites.
On the weekend of May 14 and 15 and the weekend of May 21 and 22, buses will run between Groningen and Veendam/Weener instead of trains. During these weekends, ProRail is working on the renewal of tracks on this route.
Valid ticket and trip planning
Travelers using replacement transport need a valid ticket. Travelers must check-in and check-out with their own carrier, also on Sunday, May 29. Travelers from Assen to Groningen pick up at Groningen Terminal Station on NS. Travelers from Winschoten to Groningen pick up at the Groningen terminal at Arriva. Travelers can plan their trip through the trip planner in the NS app or Arriva app and/or through the NS and Arriva websites.