Rail disruption to continue for the rest of the day

The disruption caused by a fire in a signal box near to Brussels North Railway Station on Tuesday morning will continue throughout Wednesday. Despite work to re-establish the electricity supply having continued through the night, it had not been completed by Wednesday morning. Frédéric Petit of the rail infrastructure and management company Infrabel told VRT News that “From Thursday morning rail services should have returned to normal”.  

The electricity cables in the burned out signal box need to be replaced. Before this work has been completed the electricity supply to the overhead cables in the area around the signal box cannot be restored. Only once this has happened can rail services return to normal. Until then a reduced timetable is in force.    

"There was a lot of damage and repair work is progressing step by step.  During the day more and more cables will be repaired, which will means that a number of extra trains will be able to run during the evening rush hour compared with this morning. It all goes well there should be no further disruption for passengers tomorrow morning”, Mr Petit said.   

The issues with the NMBS route planner app have now been resolved and rail passengers now should be able to look up how they can best reach their destination.