Utrecht blackout adds to public transport woes

25th September 2006, Comments 0 comments

25 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — Train delays were being reported on Monday afternoon after a blackout temporarily hit Utrecht Central Station, affecting track changes and signals.

25 September 2006

AMSTERDAM — Train delays were being reported on Monday afternoon after a blackout temporarily hit Utrecht Central Station, affecting track changes and signals.

"No train left or arrived at the station and it has already become fairly busy on the platforms," a spokeswoman from rail network authority ProRrail said.

Power was restored to the station at about 2.50pm and train travel started to gradually resume throughout the afternoon.

But commuters to and from Utrecht were warned to expect delays.

Due to the fact Utrecht is an important rail junction, delays on other lines across the country could also develop.

The blackout was part of a day of woes for public transport in the Netherlands, with Rotterdam RET workers walking off the job at 7am in a 24-hour strike.

The strike brought all of the city's buses, trams and metros to a halt.
 
Elsewhere, train traffic to and from Delft was disrupted for almost an hour after a suspicious package was found.

The package was found on the platform at about 2.15pm and police called into bomb disposal experts.

The bomb squad gave the all clear at about 3pm when the bag was found to contain books.

Rail delays were also reported between Gouda and Woerden due to an overhead cabling fault.

Rail capacity was reduced from about 12.45pm as two of the four tracks were closed.

ProRail said repairs to the cabling will not be completed until the evening.

Three overhead cables were broken during maintenance works at Achterhoekse Varsseveld, halting train traffic between Doetinchem and Winterswijk from midday. Buses were called into transport commuters.

The cables were repaired at 3pm, but train travel could not be resumed until 4pm.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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