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Extra trains to Belgian coast this weekend
The SNCB will run additional trains to the Belgian coast from Thursday to Sunday, as maximum temperatures between 26°C and 34°C are forecast.
A spokesman for the Belgian rail operator said the extra services aimed to avoid overcrowding "so that train travel can be safe for everyone".
Five extra return journeys per day will run on Thursday and Friday, leaving Arlon, Leuven and Hasselt, all passing through Brussels, with a destination of either Ostend or Blankenberge.
On Saturday and Sunday, seven return journeys per day will set off from Hasselt, Leuven, Schaerbeek and Welkenraedt.
"This will make it easier for passengers to spread out on the various trains," the spokesman added.
The SNCB said it would closely monitor the number of people on trains and in stations. The rail operator will be in regular contact with coastal mayors and the governor of West Flanders to ensure a safe flow of people.
Meanwhile, Ostend has introduced a maximum capacity of 200 people at all beachside bars. Furniture must be arranged so that a maximum of 10 people can sit together. DJs and live music are not allowed.
Wearing a mask is compulsory in all public places in Ostend, and along the entire Belgian coast.
Photo: Kurt Desplenter/Belga