In the coming days, NMBS will have developed alternative transport plans, which travelers can consult one day before departure via the website and app.
The NMBS staff will be on strike from Tuesday, November 7 from 10 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Thursday, November 9. That strike is part of a double 48-hour strike that was announced in October. In less than a month, from December 5 to 7, a second strike will follow. An earlier conciliation meeting with the unions and management yielded no results.
NMBS has developed an adapted offer based on the staff willing to work. “The advantage of the alternative train service is that travelers know in advance where they stand,” says NMBS spokesperson Dimitri Temmerman. “That is a difference compared to the past, when it often only became clear in the morning which trains were running.”
Which trains run (not)?
According to the NMBS website, half of the IC trains and two in five S and L trains would run on both today and Thursday. Most P trains, the so-called rush hour trains, do not run.
“They seem to be able to keep that promise for the time being,” says journalist Gunter Joosen who is on site this morning at the Antwerp-Berchem station. “The people I spoke with were prepared and were able to work out an alternative arrangement.”
A complete overview of each route can be found on the NMBS website and app. The journey planner on both platforms would automatically take the alternative train service into account. Travelers are advised to plan their trip on the day of departure, as offers may differ on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
For most trains that are not running, an alternative route (with a possible transfer) is available. For example, there are no direct IC trains running between Turnhout and Antwerp today, but travelers from Turnhout can still get to Antwerp via a transfer in Mechelen.
The only two routes where no alternative route is possible are those between Aalst and Burst, and on Thursday between Hasselt and Mol. Even today, hardly any trains will run between Hasselt and Mol.