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    Belgian national ‘protests’: what’s running?

    For the public transport in Brussels, largely covered by STIB, the extent of the mobilisation is not yet clear. Credit: Belga

    Due to the national demonstration in Brussels on Tuesday, some disruptions are possible on the transport networks. 

    In Brussels, metro lines 1, 5 and 6 are in operation, so all stations are served, the STIB says. Trams are running on the main lines but at a reduced frequency. As for buses, only a third of them travel around the city. Commuters can find out more information on the web pages, Twitter and Facebook of the Brussels public transport company.

    “Travelers have to take into account lower frequencies and higher waiting times,” STIB spokeswoman An Van hamme told Bruzz.

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    The Flemish regional transport company De Lijn has said that there are virtually no disruptions on its bus and tram network. Train operator SNCB has also said its trains are running normally.

    “The nuisance will last all morning,” added Van Hamme, adding that the impact on rush hour this evening is yet to be seen. 

    All travellers are advised to check the relevant apps and social media to ensure their journey has not been disrupted.

    Trade unions are expecting demonstrators to pour to the streets in numbers on Tuesday, as they protest of deteriorating social conditions and the current political impasse.

    The ABVV/FGTB general labour union said it will be expecting around 10,000 demonstrators to join in the national action day, which is expected to cause disruptions to the transport networks in Brussels.

    The Brussels Times