Accident causes rush hour disruption for rail commuters

An accident on the railway at Kortenberg in Flemish Brabant caused rush hour misery for thousands of commuters on Friday morning. The accident involved a train and a person and resulted in rail services between Leuven (Flemish Brabant) and Brussels being suspended. Many services were diverted via Mechelen, adding between 30 and 45 minutes to journey times. The accident happened at around 6.30am on Friday.   

A spokesman for the rail infrastructure management company Infrabel told journalists that “The railway line between Leuven and Brussels is important. Due to the diversions that are in place there delays are filtering through onto other routes”.  

The rail line between Leuven and Brussels is one of the busiest stretch of passenger railway in the country. As well as local services, it also carries intercity services between Eupen, Liège and Hasselt and Ghent, Bruges, Ostend and Blankenberge.  

This is the second time in a week that someone has been hit by a train a Kortenberg. Last Sunday such an incident resulted in severe disruption to services between Leuven and Brussels.