Ms Dutordoir wrote that “It is a good thing that the government wants to promote public transport among the population as being a sustainable mode of transport. However, “The way in which the decision was taken yesterday without any form of consultation raises some very serious questions”.
"Handing out free tourist rail passes to everyone resident in Belgium raises public health issues for passengers and staff. NMBS won’t allow the safety that we have worked so hard to ensure over the past few months to come under threat”
Ms Dutordoir added that “NMBS is requesting immediate talks and all the help necessary to avert any risk of trains and platforms becoming overcrowded. The logistical and financial aspect of this also need to be worked out”.