Every year in February, ticket prices are being adapted. The news does not come as a surprise. However, some had hoped that the NMBS would not raise its ticket prices this time, as a gesture towards rail passengers.
Other issues were also being discussed, like the scrapping of very early or very late trains and a number of smaller stations. This is with the aim of cutting costs and increasing punctuality at the same time, the NMBS explains.
Laurence Bovy, who chaired today's executive board: "We have received a delegation of commuters and rail passengers and also trades unions today. They had a very clear message. This is important for us (see video). We proposed a number of alternatives to the management. The plan still has to be finetuned."
On 18 October, an extra meeting is scheduled to decide about austerity measures.