Belgium hit by railway strike

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Early this morning, Belgian motorists faced miles of gridlock on many of the country’s motorways as a result of a railway strike. Total length of the traffic jams had increased to 350 kilometres around 8.30 in the morning. Most of the traffic jams had dissolved by 11 o’clock.

The strike started on Sunday evening at 10 o’clock and will end on Monday evening at the same time. The strike was called by Socialist trade union ACOD in protest against reform in rail freight transport which ACOD claims will cost hundreds of train drivers’ jobs.

As a result of the strike, there will be no rail traffic between the Netherlands and Belgium. The Thalys high-speed trains between Amsterdam and Paris are also not running.



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