Change to colours of track workers and safety personnel as from 1 July 2019

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Information for train crew and shunters


Effective 7 am on 1 July 2019, different colours will apply to employees who are required to work on railway, metro and tram tracks in the Netherlands. There is a change to the regulations on the current colours. With effect from that date, employees on and around the track will wear orange jackets or orange vests. Employees responsible for the safety of track workers can be recognised by yellow jackets or yellow vests. This change was announced by Stichting railAlert.


These changes result from agreements between the rail infrastructure managers, including ProRail and the municipal transport companies with a rail network (metro and/or tram and contracting companies).

The agreements on the colours of the vests/jackets do not apply to the engine drivers and shunters of most carriers, e.g. NS Reizigers and DB Cargo.

As an independent foundation (or industry association, to put it more accurately), railAlert not only pools theoretical and practical knowledge and expertise with regard to working safely on the tracks, but it also unites the parties involved: rail infrastructure managers, construction companies, engineering firms, other employers, employees and trade unions. After all, these parties have one primary common interest: to make sure that employees return home safe and sound after work.