The heatwave that hit the Netherlands over the past few weeks has led to more outages than normal on regional Arriva trains.
The Arriva trains, which operate local services in Friesland and Groningen, among others, have a component which regulates electricity. The regulator cannot handle drastic changes in temperature, which can cause the motor to fail on board the trains.
Omrop Fryslân reports that Arriva plans to replace the component with a newer model as soon as possible, but that will come at a price: 15,000 euros per train. Delivery time for the new equipment is also proving slow, which means that the issue may continue to plague the trains for the foreseeable future.
A spokesperson for Arriva tells Omrop Fryslân that the number of outages still falls within the performance norms that the province of Friesland has established for the train company.
Arriva trains also struggled due to extreme cold temperatures this winter: toilets on board had to be closed to passengers due to frozen waste receptacles.