One of the two rails involved in the railway accident could be returned to service by mid-Wednesday. News service Belga was told by the spokesperson Frederic Sacre that Infrabel, the company managing the railway infrastructure, received approval to go ahead from the legal expert yesterday evening (7 June). The goal is to reactivate the more damaged second rail later during the day.
Infrabel must now ensure that the first railway route is not damaged and can be restored. The reactivation could take place around midday, said the spokesperson for Infrabel.
The trains will pass alternately on this rail. Disturbances are still to be expected as the trains will go in both directions on this busy stretch of the Walloon ridge.
Only InterCity trains will be allowed to go on this route between Flémalle and Huy once it reopens for traffic. Shuttle buses will continue to ensure local routes.
The second rail requires more work. “The goal is to reactivate it on Wednesday evening,” the spokesperson says. 15 to 20 meters of the track and 50 meters of the ties in concrete must be replaced, he explains.
Infrabel foresees a return to normal in the evening or on Thursday morning by the latest.