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    National demonstration means services affected on STIB network

    Services on the STIB network today (Thursday) are profoundly affected owing to the national demonstration. This has been organised through joint trade union action.

    An Van hamme, spokeswoman for the Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles, was very clear about this when speaking today.

    She stated that STIB is giving priority to servicing main public transport routes.

    Several tens of thousands of demonstrators have been in the Brussels streets today, once again protesting against both measures already taken and also those intended by Charles Michel’s government.

    Only eight bus routes out of 50 are in use, namely lines 15, 21, 29, 46, 71, 78, 87 and 95. There is a shuttle bus service running between Simonis and De Brouckère (via Rogier).

    The following tram routes are operational; lines 3, 4, 7, 51, 82, 92 and 94.

    The underground has almost come to a grinding halt with a single line operational. Line 1 is running between Stockel and Gare de l’Ouest, with a train frequency of around 10 minutes.

    You are advised to stay updated by consulting the site www.stib-mivb.be, where there is more information.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times