Dutch Railways announces Friday shutdown due to storm, DB fears disruptions
Dutch railway company NS and infrastructure manager ProRail will halt all railway traffic in the Netherlands from Friday 14.00 onwards due to storm Eunice, the companies announced late on Thursday. Deutsche Bahn (DB), meanwhile, also warned for further disruptions on Friday.
NS and ProRail fear weather conditions result in snapped trees on tracks and damaged overheadlines. Furthermore, strong winds will create hazardous situations for service and maintenance crews. For this reason, NS will offer only limited service on Friday morning before winding down completely. The halting of railway traffic will affect both domestic and international trains, as well as trains operated by such companies as Arriva and Keolis.
In Germany, DB expects long-distance travel to be severely affected on Friday, especially in the northern states. There, long-distances services will mostly be scrapped until the end of the day. Hamburg in particular will be impossible to reach during the day. Travellers wanting to use regional trains must also brace for cancellations and disruptions, the company warned.