Extent of storm damage delays resumption of rail traffic in the Netherlands, Germany
Rail traffic in the Netherlands and Germany was still severely affected in the weekend by Friday’s storm damage. Dutch Railways and Deutsche Bahn on Saturday report bigger-than-expected damage to the network, which takes longer to repair.
Dutch Railways was only able to run a few train from Saturday, 13.00 onwards. International trains to Belgium are cancelled until 18.00, while train services into Germany will remain suspended.
DB earlier on Saturday reported significant damage to tracks, overhead lines and level crossings. While the surveying efforts are ongoing, the company already noted damage across a total distance of 1.000 kilometres of tracks.
Long-distance trains still cannot operate in the north of Germany and in parts of North Rhine-Westphalia. DB expects service to remain down in the area to the north of Dortmund, Hanover and Berlin for the remainder of the day. Rail traffic between Berlin and Halle/Leipzig is suspended, while trains to and from Hamburg remains affected as well.
In Belgium, meanwhile, infrastructure manager reported a large number of objects such as trees, construction materials and waste on the tracks, but limited overall damage.