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Prepare for disruption on Monday

It’s expected that domestic and international rail services will be severely disrupted. Public transport in Brussels will probably be badly hit too, while disruption is also anticipated at Brussels Airport.


The state-owned Belgian rail company expects significant disruption on Monday as a result of railwaymen joining the strike in Brussels and the provinces of Flemish and Walloon Brabant.

The industrial action starts on Sunday 10pm on the railways and will continue until end of service on Monday. The company urges travellers not to rely solely on rail services on Monday and to seek other forms of transport.

Belgian rail intends to keep the travelling public posted via its website, the NMBS-app, station announcements and signs and screens but also on Twitter via @NMBS.

The company says it will do everything in its power to restore services as soon as possible after the strike.

Buses, trams, metro

There are fears that the local public transport company in Brussels, the MIVB, will be completely disrupted as a result of Monday’s protests. Trams, buses and metro services may even grind to a total halt.

The MIVB hopes to operate the most important lines, but this depends on the presence of workers. Passengers are urged to take precautions and to seek alternative modes of transport.

MIVB will provide information on its website. Your calls will be answered on 070 23 20 00 from 6am onwards.


Brussels Airport believes that trade union action will in all likelihood lead to disruption at the airport on Monday.

The airport authorities are unable to say how bad the disruption will be and passengers are urged to contact their airline or tour operator.


Flandersnews.be / Expatica