Traffic-wise, this weekend will be one of the busiest of the summer holidays so far, as national train service SNCB is expecting more travellers than usual, and heavy traffic is predicted to and from popular European holiday destinations.
Due to the sunny and warm weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday, SNCB is expecting around 100,000 people to travel to the coastal region in Belgium, based on its website's traffic for pages to plan trips to the coast.
"Due to the good weather this week, a large number of passengers are expected on the trains to the Coast. For guaranteed seating and comfortable travel, book your seat in advance," SNCB said on Twitter.
However, SNCB is not expecting trains to be overcrowded, as each weekend since the start of the holidays, 19 special trains have been put in place to deal with an influx of travellers every weekend, Vincent Bayer, SNCB spokesperson, told La Dernière Heure. "Extra security teams are planned in the stations to help passengers, but also to limit access to the platforms," he added, stressing that this could mean waiting times are slightly longer.
? En raison du beau temps de cette semaine, une forte affluence de voyageurs est attendue dans les trains à destination de la Côte.? Pour avoir une place assise garantie et voyager confortablement, réservez votre place dans le Côte-Express ? https://t.co/KYkkDkrebX pic.twitter.com/7xfS0S9oEe — SNCB (@SNCB) August 11, 2021