Rail traffic was severely disrupted by the National Day of Action for Public Services – Enterprises

Public service unions are holding a national day of action on Tuesday. With this, they will protest against the ‘general malaise’ in the sector. The day of action applies to all public services, federal, regional and regional. Among other things, there will be disruptions in public transport. Only ACOD has called for a general strike.

The unions are fighting for more purchasing power, more respect for social dialogue, more investment in the public sector and more respect for public pensions.

The day of action causes disturbances in public transport. Train traffic has been severely disrupted. The railway company NMBS has developed an alternative train connection, based on the employees who have indicated that they want to work. A quarter of the trains will run.

One in three

Every third of the IC trains between the major cities runs. In addition, every fifth suburban S-train and L-train runs. Most P-trains, which only run during the morning and evening rush hour, do not run.

There are no trains in the provinces of Liège, Luxembourg and Namur. This is because there are not enough staff available in the signal boxes of the railway operator Infrabel in the region concerned. It also means that the IC trains crossing these provinces will be limited. For example, the Oostende-Eupen IC train runs only between Ostend and Leuven. There will also be few or no trains at a number of other stations in the country. NMBS advises all travelers involved to work from home, if possible, or to look for an alternative.

International train traffic

Due to the disruption at NMBS, there will be no train service between Belgium and Germany, between Belgium and Maastricht and between Belgium and Luxembourg on Tuesday. Normal service is provided to Eurostar and TGV INOUI. No particular difficulties are expected for IC Netherlands and for the Thalys connections between Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

Travelers are advised to prepare their train journey well. This can be done via the trip planner on the NMBS website or app, which shows the alternative train connection. During the strike, the screens at the stations show only the trains running. Train traffic will return to normal from Wednesday morning, June 1st.

Buses and trams

De Lijn has also warned of the necessary disruption of services. Not all buses and trams will run. De Lijn has developed an alternative service based on the available staff. Travelers can consult these via the route planner on the De Lijn website. Trips that will not be performed are not displayed in the route planner.

The Flemish public transport company has already encouraged travelers to offer an alternative if possible, such as teleworking, carpooling, cycling or walking.

And in Brussels, STIB expects “very serious disruptions” on its bus, tram and metro network and also advises travelers to use alternatives to get around on Tuesday. Travelers can consult STIB’s mobile app to find other ways to travel on that day.

The unions are fighting for more purchasing power, more respect for social dialogue, more investment in the public sector and more respect for public pensions. The day of action causes disturbances in public transport. Train traffic has been severely disrupted. The railway company NMBS has developed an alternative train connection, based on the employees who have indicated that they want to work. A quarter of the trains will run. Every third of the IC trains between the major cities runs. In addition, every fifth suburban S-train and L-train runs. Most P-trains, which only run during the morning and evening rush hour, do not run. There are no trains in the provinces of Liège, Luxembourg and Namur. This is because there are not enough staff available in the signal boxes of the railway operator Infrabel in the region concerned. It also means that the IC trains crossing these provinces will be limited. For example, the Oostende-Eupen IC train runs only between Ostend and Leuven. There will also be few or no trains at a number of other stations in the country. NMBS advises all travelers involved to work from home if possible or to seek an alternative. Due to the disruption at NMBS, there will be no train traffic between Belgium and Germany, between Belgium and Maastricht and between Belgium and Luxembourg on Tuesday. Normal service is provided to Eurostar and TGV INOUI. No particular difficulties are expected for IC Netherlands and for the Thalys connections between Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam. Travelers are advised to prepare their train journey well. This can be done via the trip planner on the NMBS website or app, which shows the alternative train connection. During the strike, the screens at the stations show only the trains running. Train traffic will return to normal from Wednesday morning, June 1. De Lijn has also warned of the necessary disruption of service. Not all buses and trams will run. De Lijn has developed an alternative service based on the available staff. Travelers can consult these via the route planner on the De Lijn website. Trips that will not be performed are not displayed in the route planner. The Flemish public transport company has already encouraged travelers to offer an alternative if possible, such as teleworking, carpooling, cycling or walking. And in Brussels, STIB expects “very serious disruptions” on its bus, tram and metro network and also advises travelers to use alternatives to get around on Tuesday. Travelers can consult STIB’s mobile app to find other ways to travel on that day.

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