In two years, smoking at the station should be a thing of the past. ProRail wants to take the lead in this, says spokesman Jaap Eikelboom and does not want to wait for a national ban. The rail manager, who owns the four hundred train stations in the Netherlands, receives many complaints from travelers who are annoyed by smoking at the smoking poles.
The spokesperson says that ProRail wants to take its responsibility. “By introducing the smoking ban, we are meeting the wishes of a rapidly growing proportion of travelers. Everyone must be able to stay at the station without having to stand in the smoke of someone else, ”Eikelboom told De Telegraaf.
"We do not want to wait until the cabinet, under the National Prevention Agreement for a healthier Netherlands, institutes such a total ban nationwide."
ProRail is seeking support from the carriers, unions and travelers' associations for the plan. They react mixed in the newspaper. According to FNV, train staff should be able to smoke somewhere, as long as travelers are not inconvenienced by it. NS also pleads for sufficient support among travelers and staff.