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Fyra services cancelled because of snow damage

Friday 18 January 2013


The high speed train service between Amsterdam and Brussels remains cancelled on Friday after ice damaged three Fyra trains on Thursday.

Engineers are trying to establish the cause of the damage, leading the train operators to halt services 'for safety reasons'.

Passengers who cannot delay their journeys will be able to use ordinary trains with a bus connection between Breda or Roosendaal and Antwerp. The traditional intercity service between the two capitals was scrapped when the high-speed link came into use in December.

The Fyra service has been hit by reliability problems since it started, and passenger groups in both the Netherlands and Belgium have called for action.

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Train tickets to Belgium set to soar in price

Have you used the new Fyra service? Share your experiences using the comment box below.

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Readers' Comments

So there is one connection between Holland and Belgium and it does not work?
Why nobody resigned yet out of shame for taking such decision?

By joanna | 18 January 2013 8:32 AM

Use the Fyra to go from Rotterdam to Antwerp, a shorter distance than from Rotterdam to Amsterdam? What, at double or triple the previous fare? And quadruple the Fyra roundtrip to Amsterdam. NS must be joking. Hell no! But not to worry, they can't get it working anyway. They run a monopoly and they call this "market pricing"... What a sick joke!

By Tomword | 18 January 2013 10:09 AM

Railway services, especially reliability of used locomotives and wagons is very poor. Small rain or temp below zero paralyses the whole railway in NL. This effectively descourage people from using this ecologically friendly method of transportation and they switch to the polluting cars.
Obiousely the railway here needs imposed guidelines to start to care about passangers and C02 reduction.
I always wondered why the railway in NL uses cheap to buy and unreliable rolling stock, from Korea, instead of buying at similar price from Poland or Czech Republic rolling stock that can be operated even during rain or sub-zero temp?

By Jerry | 18 January 2013 10:16 AM

Is it anything else to add?
Maybe 2 things:
1. Hello….The Netherlads is not in the neighborhood of Spain, Italy and Greece…..therefore sometimes it SNOWING and it is COLD!!!!
2. Who ordered and accepted those new trains should be investigated for bribery and sentenced to jail. If there’s no bribery found, then to be punished to skate every day between Amsterdam and Brussels LOL!
Seriously….I heard that those trains are manufactured in Italy….that’s pity

By Django | 18 January 2013 10:29 AM

Maybe the ICE train would be better in these conditions !

By notnef | 18 January 2013 11:04 AM

Fyra is cancelled, how is this news. There is snow, yes, but the trains are running...

By phantom | 18 January 2013 11:22 AM

Trains in the Netherlands are made of sugar, if there is rain or snow, the water melts the trains away.
Incredible how such a solid mean of transportation can look fragile in the hands of incompetent people.
How can trains stop working because of 10cm of snow or because of mild rain or still because there are leaves on the tracks???

By Ivan | 18 January 2013 11:47 AM

Its the typical Dutch style to change systems that work and replace them with systems that don't. They did it with Bus, Health-care and now the Railway connectivity

By Dagarseena | 21 January 2013 2:14 PM

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