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DATE

September 17 , 2021


Dutch rail traffic shut down over train control telephone outage; Limited restart could begin at 7 p.m.

NL Times 
16 September 16, 2021

Most train traffic in the Netherlands ground to a halt on Thursday evening due to a telecommunications failure at the traffic control posts, national Dutch railway NS confirmed on its website. The failure with the telephone system meant that "very limited train traffic is currently possible," NS said just before 6 p.m.

"Due to a telephone outage, we cannot reliably communicate with the drivers on the trains. As a result, train traffic in the country has come to a standstill," said railroad infrastructure firm ProRail.

The complete disruption lasted about an hour, when some trains could begin moving again. The resumption of the train schedule was expected to happen gradually, causing delays through the evenings, ProRail said. The organization and NS both advised passengers not to travel Thursday night if possible, and to pay close attention to online travel planners before going to a train station.
 
Source
https://nltimes.nl/2021/09/16/dutch-rail-traffic-shut-train-control-telephone-outage-limited-restart-begin-7-pm

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