Wednesday, 23 January 2019
SNCB and STIB plan to provide more buses and trains for Sunday’s climate demonstration in Brussels, whose organisers are expecting thousands of marchers. The national railway company, SNCB, has programmed 10 additional trains for return trips from various cities. Thirty-six trains will also be reinforced so that a total of 50,000 places will be provided in those arriving between noon and 2 p.m. on Sunday. This is almost double the usual number on Sundays. A similar number of trains will also be available in the evening.
While there will be no special tariff for participants in the march, the SNCB is inviting them to opt for a weekend ticket, which is 50% cheaper than the standard one. Young people under the age of 26 can also buy Go passes, the railway company stresses.
At the Brussels interurban transport company, STIB, “everything will be done to facilitate demonstrators’ access to and departure from the march’s route,” spokeswoman Cindy Arents said. “We plan to strengthen the network by bringing in additional vehicles, depending on passenger flows.”
“Rise for Climate Belgium”, which is organising Sunday’s march with the support of Greenpeace and Climate Express, expects a high turnout. About 24,000 people have announced their participation on Facebook, while 74,000 others have indicated their interest in the action.
The demonstrators are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. at the Gare du Nord, while the march will start at 2 p.m. and end at the Place du Luxembourg, opposite the European Parliament.
The Brussels Times