Nicolas Maeterlinck

Expect disruption due to Sunday’s climate march

On Sunday at least 30,000 people are expected to demonstrate in Brussels for action on climate change.  The demo is expected to cause considerable traffic disruption.

Sunday’s protest is staged by "Rise for Climate", a citizens' movement.  It expects 30,000 protesters but given the recent interest in this issue: protests by schoolchildren and the like, police say many more people could turn up.

The protest march starts from the North Station where demonstrators gather from 1PM onwards.  Protesters will follow the inner Brussels orbital and the Belliardstraat and head towards the European Parliament, where speeches will be held.  The protest lasts till 6PM.

Protesters are urged to use public transport to get to the demo.  Belgian rail is running ten extra trains.  36 trains will have more carriages. Belgian rail is also operating a shuttle between Brussels Luxembourg and Brussels North after the demo. The NMBS says Gopass, for under 26's, and weekend tickets are the cheapest available tickets.

The Brussels local transport company MIVB is running more buses, trams and metros, but some tram and bus services will be halted during the protest. Brussels police expect disruption to traffic and will inform the general public via Twitter using a dynamic map.