Vandals damage level crossings for second time

28th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 February 2006, AMSTERDAM —Train services on the Alkmaar to Den Helder line were disrupted again on Tuesday morning due to vandalism at several level crossings. Damage to the barriers also slowed motorists trying to cross the train line.

28 February 2006

AMSTERDAM —Train services on the Alkmaar to Den Helder line were disrupted again on Tuesday morning due to vandalism at several level crossings. Damage to the barriers also slowed motorists trying to cross the train line.

Similar damage was caused to level crossings on the line on Sunday night and this led to delays for trains and for motorists.

Network operator ProRail said on Tuesday morning at least three crossing points had been vandalised.

Five level crossings were damaged on Sunday night when vandals destroyed the batteries that provide emergency power to the systems and cut cables. Twenty other level crossings were put out of action as the systems that operate the barriers at each crossing point are connected.  The mechanisms were fixed by midday on Monday.

ProRail could not confirm on Tuesday morning whether the latest act of vandalism had affected all the level crossings in the area again. 

Rail police and the national police service are investigating the "sabotage" on both days but few clues have been found to help identify the culprits.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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