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Planned disruption to rail network this autumn will affect 68,000 Brussels commuters

SNCB/NMBS train Brussels
10:45 30/07/2019

Belgium’s rail network manager Infrabel has asked SNCB/NMBS to cancel around 100 trains a day between mid-October and mid-November, reported L’Echo on Tuesday. The rail company is concerned that planned work on the network and disruption to its service will affect 68,000 commuters this autumn.

Infrabel has proposed cancelling some rush hour trains in and out of Brussels while it undertakes modernisation work to equipment south of Brussels South station. It says the “essential” points work requires the complete closure of the busy North-South junction during the long weekends of 1 and 11 November.

SNCB/NMBS has expressed surprise that major disruption is also to be expected between 14 October and 8 November and considers that it has not had sufficient warning.

The rush hour trains in question transport on average 68,000 passengers a day and offer a capacity of 91,000 seated places. The restriction will affect one in four commuters travelling by train in Brussels during rush hour.

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