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Belgian trains among least reliable in Europe
A new study has confirmed what many commuters already knew: Belgian trains are among the least punctual in Europe.
In 2017, the Belgian rail service performed the worst among the 13 European countries compared by Prime, the European platform of rail infrastructure managers.
A longer comparison from 2012 to 2017 puts Belgium second-bottom in the punctuality league table. Only Italian trains were less reliable.
The study defines "on time" as any train that reaches its destination no more than 5.5 minutes late. The most punctual trains in Europe can be found in Latvia, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Belgian rail infrastructure firm Infrabel says the design of the country's rail network does not help. Hundreds of trains per day pass through Brussels' congested north-south rail junction - where the slightest delay can have widespread consequences.
However Infrabel said that punctuality on Belgian trains was improving. According to its own internal stats, 90.7% of trains ran on time in the first four months of this year.