RandstadRail Test Ride Quite Successful
12 February 2007, AMSTERDAM — The test ride of Line 3 of the RandstadRail between The Hague’s Central Station and Loosduinen went off nearly without a hitch, The Hague’s tram company HTM spokesperson told ANP.
12 February 2007
AMSTERDAM — The test ride of Line 3 of the RandstadRail between The Hague’s Central Station and Loosduinen went off nearly without a hitch, The Hague’s tram company HTM spokesperson told ANP.
Many people took part in the test ride of the light rail, he said. Everything worked well, but the light rail did encounter a few hindrances. Passengers still have to get used to the new situation, the spokesman said.
The first train started out at 5:30 on Monday morning. During rush hour, the trains will ride every five minutes. A conductor will be present in every carriage to assist the passengers, the spokesperson said.
Meanwhile at the Central Station in The Hague, some passengers had to wait for quite a while this morning until two light rail trains arrived at the same time.
The test ride of the new light rail had originally been planned for 29 January but was postponed twice because of safety concerns.
The new light rail will connect The Hague, Rotterdam and Zoetermeer. The plan has been facing difficulties since October due to several derailments, after which the national transport inspectorate banned most of the light rail from operation until further tests.
Only the part in Rotterdam between Hofplein and Nootdorp continued running.
The local government hopes that RandstadRail will reopen gradually in the coming months.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news