People who have traveled by public transport to Leeuwarden on Sunday to watch the three giant dolls 'walking around' in the city are struggling to get away. Due to a faulty overhead line, there were no trains between Zwolle and Meppel for four hours. Pendel trains have been traveling on one track since 6:30 pm
According to ProRail, the overhead line has been pulled down by a train for about half a kilometer. The railway manager reports via Twitter that he works with all his might to get the track off of overhead wires, "so that visitors of #giantsroyaldeluxe can go to Zwolle."
Around 18:15 / 18:30 there was another trace is available. However, on one track it is not possible to carry out the normal timetable. As a result, it remains difficult for NS to handle the traffic during the first few hours, the railway company warns. "Travelers who are in no hurry, we call on staying in the city longer."
NS call to visitors Giants: stay away from Leeuwarden station: There are no trains to and from Friesland on the route Zwolle-Leeuwarden by a broken overhead line at Meppel. The problems seem so great that the NS visitors to the Giants … https://t.co/vBfRnZSrCb pic.twitter.com/iK66yDKdt9
– Leeuwarden (@leeuwarden) 19 August 2018
The Zwolle-Groningen route is also affected by the problems with the overhead line. The carrier called people with destination Zwolle and further around 16.45 hours because of increasing crowds no longer go to station Leeuwarden. People who wanted to view the giants were summoned on Sunday by public transport because the access roads to Leeuwarden were full. The event attracted some 150,000 visitors.
Railway between Meppel and Zwolle released: from 18.15 hours limited trains: There are no trains to and from Friesland on the route Zwolle-Leeuwarden by a broken overhead at Meppel. The problems are so great that the NS visitors to the … https://t.co/vNkOuK2Wzt pic.twitter.com/R1qEFmqzeQ
– Leeuwarden (@leeuwarden) 19 August 2018  The consequences of the broken catenary remain visible for the rest of the evening. How long it will take before the broken catenary is made is still unknown. On the Somda forum, the Hague operator reports quite a few reports about loose hanging wires, the loss of tension or spark formation at the crossing of the contact wire. "And often this is not easily made," he says. It is unknown if this also played a role this time.
– Vincent Wever (@ vincent313) 19 August 2018
Earlier this weekend, Arriva had difficulty in handling the large passenger flow around Leeuwarden. Arriva had specially commissioned trains from South Limburg to Friesland to extend the Frisian trains to the maximum lengths