Train transport resumes after savage storm
19 January 2007, AMSTERDAM — Train traffic started to return to normal in most parts of the Netherlands on Friday morning after rail transport was shut down during Thursday's savage storm.
19 January 2007
AMSTERDAM — Train traffic started to return to normal in most parts of the Netherlands on Friday morning after rail transport was shut down during Thursday's savage storm.
Train cancellations were still being reported, however, in the east and south-east of the country on Friday morning.
The south-westerly storm that hit the Netherlands on Thursday led to dangerous situations on the rail network, forcing the cancellation of most services.
Fallen trees and broken overhead cabling played havoc with the rail network and network authority ProRail has estimated the damage bill to be EUR 1 to 2 million.
Some 6,000 passengers who were left stranded on Thursday night were given shelter and food by the Red Cross.
Commuters were given shelter, for example, at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht and the RAI in Amsterdam where camp beds were set up.
Dutch rail NS has announced that any train tickets that were bought on Thursday will remain valid on Friday.
The Friday morning peak-hour on the nation's roads passed off smoothly and there were no lingering problems from the storm.
The national police force KLPD recorded 172 accidents on Thursday, four times than normal.
At the height of the peak-hour on Thursday night, traffic jams extended to 430km between 5 and 5.30pm.
But motorists association ANWB said this was not extreme given the poor weather. It said many motorists either left early, late or not at all.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news