Huge damage to power outage: Lelystad-Dronten trains won’t be back until mid-December

ProRail reports that the overhead wires, cables, signals and relay boxes must be replaced over a 7-kilometer route. The costs are in the millions.

Short circuit and fire

The power outage was caused on September 2 by a short circuit and fire in a high-voltage substation. A high-voltage cable ended up on an overhead line of the railway near Swifterbant. Since then, no more trains have run between Lelystad and Dronten.

In recent days, ProRail has carried out the first repair work. Research shows that the repair work will take a considerable amount of time.

“We really do everything we can, because we think it is important that the trains can run again as soon as possible,” says regional director Harro Homan. “Given the extensive damage, mid-December is the fastest option.”

Disturbed market

ProRail points out that there is currently a highly disrupted market for materials and a shortage of personnel, which also affects the rail sector.

As an alternative to the train, buses run between Lelystad Center and Dronten.

The Lelystad-Dronten route is part of the Amsterdam-Groningen intercity connection. Travelers are advised to travel over Amersfoort. The travel time is thus about half an hour longer.

Source: RTL Nieuws by

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