Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Great Concern about Defective Railway Points.

A significant number of the points in the Dutch railway system do not meet minimal safety requirements. Of the 6,000 points in the system 1,800 are below the safety requirements which were drawn up by the management of Prorail itself.

The problem with the points is a result of lack of proper maintenance and has been known to Prorail since beginning of 2005. Prorail states now that it is out of the question that there is 'an unsafe situation', although this is contrary to their own definition that exceeding the safety values leads to a 'disproportionate risk' (of) derailment and bodily harm.


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