The new Rotterdam Centraal building. Source: Wikimedia/Spoorjan. - Credit: The new Rotterdam Centraal building. Source: Wikimedia/Spoorjan.
Friday, 18 September 2015 - 14:09
Rotterdam train station reopened after suspicious passenger incident
The police have lifted the security measures taken at Rotterdam Central Station on Friday and train traffic is slowly starting to pick up again. Rotterdam Central Station was evacuated and closed off on Friday morning after a suspicious passenger jumped onto a Thalys train and locked himself into the bathroom. The police managed to get him out and arrest him, but the security measures remained in place while the Explosive Ordnance Disposal squad investigated the man's backpack. Around 1:00 p.m. the police announced that the man was unarmed, the backpack contained nothing dangerous and the station could be released. This evacuation and closure caused major havoc with the train traffic, especially in and around Rotterdam. Several routes were partly or completely shut down and a number of trains had to be rerouted. Most of these routes are now open again. Though there are still fewer trains traveling between Rotterdam Blaak and Schiedam Central. NS advises travelers to take extra travel time of between 30 and 60 minutes into account. It is not clear how long it will be until the trains are running their regular schedule again.