Amsterdam's metro criticised

10th April 2008, Comments 0 comments

A train's derailment on Monday has led to sharp criticism from the Fire Service, calling the security system unaccepted.

10 April 2008

AMSTERDAM - Amsterdam's Fire Service has sharply criticised the security system in city's metro following the derailment of a train on Monday.

The passengers had to wait an hour before they were allowed to leave the tunnel, since it took that long for a specialist safety mechanic to reach the scene. The target time is 15 minutes.

The Fire Service says this is unacceptable, because the matter has been raised before with the city's transport company, GVB.

The Fire Service says that it should be possible to shut off power to the Amsterdam metro system centrally, as is the case in Rotterdam and in the tunnel at Schipol airport.

The GVB says this will be possible in a couple of months time, once the planned renovations of the track in the tunnels have been completed.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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