Infrabel: Trains to the Coast will run at reduced speed if winds call for it

Infrabel: Trains to the Coast will run at reduced speed if winds call for it
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Infrabel has no plans to suspend its rail services on the Coast, but trains will run at reduced speed if necessary due to the strong winds expected to blow in from the sea in the evening, the railway management service announced on Sunday.

The utility said it was keeping a close watch on the weather, in collaboration with the Royal Meteorological Service (RMI) which has issued an orange alert for high winds for the Coast and a yellow alert for the rest of the country, starting on Sunday evening.

Winds between 100 kph and 125 kph are expected at sea, while the Coast could come in for storms and sleet, according to the latest RMI forecasts.

The orange alert on the Coast begins at 9.00 p.m. on Sunday and lasts until 1.00 a.m. on Monday, after which the entire country will be on yellow alert until 9.00 p.m. on Monday.

Storm Eunice caused major disruptions along Belgium’s railway network when it landed on Friday. Strong winds of up to 130 kph, fallen trees and other objects littering the tracks forced Infrabel to suspend some train services in West Flanders, East Flanders, and Hainault. Many persons were left stranded, unable to return home in the evening.

Infrabel teams worked around the clock on Friday night to clear the lines and repair the damage, and continued to do so on Saturday, managing to restore train services on the vast majority of routes.

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