The damage to the overhead cables resulted in a signals failure on the Brussels-Coast rail line. Trains were diverted via the old commuter line through Denderleeuw causing delays during Monday morning’s rush hour.
The main line has since reopened, although trains to and from Ostend, Bruges (both West Flanders) and Ghent (East Flanders) are still delayed by around 10 minutes.
Eurostar trains too suffered delays of up to three hours. The reason being that the depot where the Eurostar trains are maintained in the Brussels municipality of Vorst was also without power as a result of the damaged cables.
Jacques Roelands of Eurostar told the VRT that he expects the delays to continue well into Monday afternoon.
There were also delays to Thalys services to Paris early on Monday morning. However, Thalys now says that its services are running on time.