More international passengers for Belgian rail

14th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

On an average day 400,000 people travel by Belgian rail.

Belgium's publicly owned train operator, the NMBS, conveyed 206 million passengers last year. The figure is 5% up on the year and a new record. This is the first time that over 200 million passengers travelled on the domestic network during a single year.  On an average day 400,000 people travel by Belgian rail. 

Passenger numbers are up 50% on ten years ago. The Belgian Rail Company NMBS is also performing better than the targets set out in the management contract concluded  between the company and the Federal Government.  

The company is also investing to cope with the increased number of passengers.  Last year 100,000 extra seats were ordered.  The number of international rail passengers rose by 6% last year reaching 10.6 million euros.  This includes passengers travelling on Eurostar and Thalys services to the UK and Paris.


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