Lanaken, in Limburg province, was linked to the Dutch city of Maastricht after it had received a new terminal. However, the past five years hardly saw any trains running between both cities. The management of the Lanaken goods terminal also decided to throw in the towel, which triggered Infrabel's decision to stop maintenance. This puts the line out of service.
The good news is that the rail link can be opened again, if needed, without major problems, as the rails and the sleepers are made of strong, lasting material.