Storms hit the Netherlands, rail freight hindered

From Wednesday night, the Netherlands is experiencing stormy weather that could hinder rail freight traffic. The storms Dudley and Eunice are raging over the country for the next two days, which has resulted in a ‘code yellow’ classification from the Dutch forecasting agency KNMI.

“There is currently no train traffic between Roosendaal and Lage Zwaluwe due to a power failure. DB Cargo trains are diverted as much as possible. The disruption is expected to be resolved around 9:30pm”, the operator reported at 8pm.

On Wednesday evening, several deep sea terminals in the port of Rotterdam had already reported to shut down operations without further due. The RSC Rotterdam terminal continued to operate as usual. The shutdown of deep sea terminals in the Maasvlakte, Rotterdam has an impact on rail freight too. These are important loading points for hinterland traffic by rail.

Preventive measures

Dutch infrastructure manager ProRail has taken measures to prevent train failures as much as possible. A team of ‘incident responders’ are available in all regions to intervene in case of calamities. In addition, contractors have breakdown teams ready, so that they can immediately go on site to carry out repairs.

ProRail asks contractors to secure their building materials to prevent them from ending up on the tracks. Furthermore, a locomotive has been made available to tow stopped trains.

Dudley and Eunice

The storms Dudley and Eunice will hit the Netherlands right after each other. While Thursday afternoon is forecast to be relatively calm, the winds will become stronger again on Friday night.

Currently, wind gusts of 75-90 km/h can be observed throughout the country. Wednesday night is expected to remain stormy.

Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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