Trains running normally after Utrecht alert

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22 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Trains services were running normally to and from Utrecht on Monday morning after hours of disruption caused by a bomb scare.

22 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — Trains services were running normally to and from Utrecht on Monday morning after hours of disruption caused by a bomb scare.

Utrecht Central Station was cleared for over three hours on Sunday when a suspect bag was found on a stationary train on platform 15.

A bomb disposal team (EOC) examined the bag and found that it did not contain any explosives. The police later revealed it contained a stolen laptop computer.

Dutch Rail NS halted train services to and from Utrecht at 8.30pm on Sunday at the request of the police.

Only two lines were closed initially but then all employees managing the train traffic in the Utrecht region had to leave their office.

Utrecht is an important hub on the rail network and the closure of the signals office there also halted trains on tracks serving Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Den Bosch.

Thousands of passengers were stranded though some trains were able to unload passengers at nearby stations. 

Buses became available in "dribs and drabs" to take passengers from trains that were stranded between stations.

The Beatrix Theater, where the musical Mamma Mia! was playing, was also evacuated as it is next to Utrecht Central Station.

NS has confirmed that passengers caught up the false alarm are entitled to compensation. People evacuated from the Beatrix Theater are entitled to free entry to the show on another day and their travel expenses.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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