Rail services resume after malfunction

16th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 August 2007, AMSTERDAM (dpa) - International Thalys and InterCity Express (ICE) train services resumed in the Netherlands Thursday around 12.30 pm following a system malfunction.

16 August 2007

AMSTERDAM (dpa) - International Thalys and InterCity Express (ICE) train services resumed in the Netherlands Thursday around 12.30 pm following a system malfunction.

Delays are expected to continue for the remainder of the day.

All train services were suspended earlier on Thursday due to the malfunctioning of the GSM Rail communication system for engine drivers and traffic control.

Problems in the GSM Rail system affect only international railway traffic. National trains operate on a separate communication network.

Thursday morning Monique Matze of ProRail, the company responsible for the Dutch train tracks and the communication network, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa the malfunctioning of the GSM-Rail system in Germany had caused the problems.

Thalys trains travel five times per day between the Netherlands, Belgium and France. ICE trains travel seven times per day between the Netherlands and Germany.

[Copyright dpa 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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