Rotterdam trains back on track

14th March 2006, Comments 0 comments

15 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Train services in and around Rotterdam were back to normal on Wednesday morning after technicians worked through the night to repair a damaged fibre optic cable.

15 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — Train services in and around Rotterdam were back to normal on Wednesday morning after technicians worked through the night to repair a damaged fibre optic cable.

Scheduled services were severely disrupted by a signalling failure on Tuesday and the city's central station was inaccessible by train at midday. Technicians seemed to have signals and switching mechanisms working again 90 minutes later but the system went down again a short time later.

The breakdown began on Tuesday morning when the fibre optic cable was damaged as a sound screen was being placed on the line between Rotterdam and Rotterdam-Noord. This caused delays for people travelling by train in the direction of Gouda. Passengers had to take a city bus to Alexander station to continue their journey.

The situation deteriorated by 11am when a computer system responsible for signalling and switching at Rotterdam CS gave out due to the broken fibre optic cable. This brought all trains to and from Rotterdam CS to a halt. Passengers had to resort to buses, metro or the tram to get to functioning train stations.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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