Limited train traffic on parts of Dutch network tonight
As a result of various emergency repairs to the infrastructure, there is no or very limited train traffic on various parts of the Dutch railway network tonight. This was reported by DB Cargo the Netherlands. The limitations are in place between 1 and 5 am tonight.
According to the operator, the construction works, which cannot tolerate any further delay, have an impact on the following routes:
• Kijfhoek – Roosendaal
• Kijfhoek – Eindhoven – Venlo
• Utrecht – Den Bosch – Eindhoven
The operator adds that the emergency repairs and the associated closure of several main rail freight routes coincide with the planned work on the Emmerich – Oberhausen section in Germany, thus disturbing the international freight route between the Netherlands and Germany. “DB Cargo regrets the inconvenience caused to customers by this urgently needed work.”
Rotterdam Harbour Line
Earlier this week the Dutch infrastructure manager ProRail announced some planned construction works that will take place this summer. It said that it “wants to focus on repair works at the Botlek yard in 2022 as part of the ‘Infra in order’ program. The works starting in early June will result in a ten-day shutdown of operations in Botlek and a four-day closure of Rotterdam’s harbour line.
With the ‘Infra in order’ program, ProRail aims to eliminate overdue rail infrastructure maintenance in the Rotterdam port area at an accelerated pace. It is not clear what the emergency repair works entail, as they have not been formally announced by ProRail.