Belgium to expanded train services in Flemish Brabant by 2026

Belgium to expanded train services in Flemish Brabant by 2026
An SNCB train in the station. Credit: Belga

The frequency of trains in Flemish Brabant will be significantly increased in the next three years, especially on weekend evenings, SNCB announced on Friday. Nearly half of the stations in the province will benefit from an expanded timetable.

At the end of March, the Belgian railway company’s board of directors approved its 2023-2026 mobility plan, which aims to increase the kilometres travelled by its trains by 7.4%, or 2,000 more services per week. The plan places an emphasis on new services for the outskirts of major cities and connectivity on the weekends.

On Friday, it revealed specific plans for its Brabant services. A new IC link from Leuven to Charleroi-Central, via Fleurus, was notably announced.

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Major changes to weekend services are set to be introduced from the end of 2024. The S train offering will be extended on Friday and Saturday evenings. Trains will run up until 01:00 between the major cities of Brussels and Antwerp. This will notably increase the services available to Leuven, Diegem, Vilvoorde, Halle, Liedekerke, and Linkebeek.

Between June and December 2025, the number of S train connections will also be expanded, both during the week and on weekends.

To facilitate this expansion, the mobility plan needs to seek approval from the Council of Ministers and agree on a new recruitment campaign and public contracts, SNCB explained.

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