Monday 20 September 2021

Train services will be disrupted all day after Amsterdam power cut

Power was restored at central station but there were no train services. Photo: Ingrid de Groot / HH

Train services throughout the country will remain disrupted for the rest of Tuesday following the power cut which left 360,000 households in Amsterdam without electricity.

The situation on the trains was made worse by the discovery of an suspicious bag on platform 18 in Utrecht, which led to the cancellation of more services.

NS is still advising passengers to avoid Amsterdam, Utrecht and Schiphol airport because of the train delays and says the problems will continue all day.

‘No trains are in the right place and nor are the drivers and conductors,’ a spokesman told broadcaster NOS.

Public transport in the capital is now running normally again.

The power cut happened around 4am and affected most of the city, plus Zaandam and other outlying areas. The problem was due to a fault in the main grid.

By just after 9am, power had been restored throughout the city.

Nevertheless, the knock-on impact of the power outage continues to be felt. Some schools were closed because the heating did not work and operations at the Slotervaart hospital were cancelled.

The transport ministry’s road department warned of heavy rush hour traffic around Amsterdam as commuters use alternative methods to get to work.

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