Train delays to continue into evening

4th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

4 June 2007, UTRECHT - Many tens of thousands of train travellers were inconvenienced this morning because of power failures near Rotterdam and Almelo. Commuters' organisation Rover was furious at travellers being "insulted like this for the umpteenth time."

4 June 2007

UTRECHT  - Many tens of thousands of train travellers were inconvenienced this morning because of power failures near Rotterdam and Almelo. Commuters' organisation Rover was furious at travellers being "insulted like this for the umpteenth time."

Those travelling to and from Almelo should expect more than an hour's delay until after the evening rush hour, rail infrastructure manager ProRail has said.

Those travelling to Rotterdam should expect delays of 30 to 60 minutes. Rail service to and from Rotterdam has been plagued with delays all day. ProRail has warned that Rotterdam trains will not be running according to schedule for the rest of the day.

Rikus Spithorst of Rover had harsh criticism for the way in which ProRail has been operating. "This is going too far. Last weekend there were problems on all number of routes and today it has been even worse. This is putting us on the level of a developing country."

A spokesperson for the Netherlands Railways (NS) pointed out that passenger and freight rail transport is "a vital artery in our economy." He estimates that many tens of thousands, and possible more than 100,000 people were inconvenienced today or will be in the evening hours. "When a major hub like Rotterdam is having problems, that spreads to neighbouring regions like an oil slick."

The NS spokesperson was not as damning in his criticism of ProRail, but did say that there have been an unusually high number of power, points and signal failures over the past few days.

A spokesperson for ProRail laments the inconvenience caused to travellers. "Power cables were damaged during work on the tracks, there is no reason to assume a connection with other problems over the past days," the spokesperson said. She said the delays over the past days have been due to unrelated incidents.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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