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    Belgian rail: two trains a week ‘forget’ to stop

    Two belgian trains a week do not stop at the station where they normally should pick up or drop passengers.

    The reason is distracted train conductors, according to SNCB.

    In 2018, 99 stops were missed, the year before 57. Belgium’s national railway company, SNCB, admits it’s “no picnic” for passengers when they see their train passing by.

    While for passengers who cannot get off, have to take a train back to their destination at the next stop.

    Passengers who cannot get on the train have to wait for the next one, and if that is not possible, for instance, when the train was the last one, the SNCB has to arrange buses or taxis for the stuck passengers.

    There is currently a staff shortage at the SNCB. This year, there are 1,400 vacancies, mainly in the department of train attendants.

    The Brussels Times