strasbourg - A train with employees of the European Parliament and some MEPs has been delayed for hours on Monday because there was no power on the overhead line.
The company is expected to arrive in Strasbourg more than five hours late for the monthly session in the French city, says a parliamentarian who is also on the train.
The train had departed from Brussels at 9:37 am and had to arrive in Strasbourg a short four hours later. Around noon came the Thalys, the European Parliament chartered every month two, to a halt in rural areas in France. The approximately three hundred occupants, including employees of Dutch MEPs, were allowed to leave the train after a while. There was not much food on board, the victorious woman said.
An embattled diesel locomotive has taken the train about 50 kilometers further to a place where the overhead wiring has electricity. Other trains were delayed by the stranded Thalys because they had to be diverted.
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