Share article:
Share article:

End of holidays: SNCB nearly returns to normal service

Credit: Belga

With the return to schools, 124 trains will resume to service from Monday 16 November on weekdays, and 134 trains specifically on Wednesdays, Belgian rail operator SNCB said in a press release on Thursday.

The railway will return to running 96% of the maximum offer (opposed to 92% during the 15 days off).

During the week from Monday 16 November to Friday 11 December, four S trains (suburban trains), whose frequency had been reduced to one train per hour during the school holidays, will once again run every 30 minutes during school rush hours (morning and afternoon, as well as Wednesday lunchtime) and every hour outside these periods.

These are:

  • S1 Nivelles – Brussels – Antwerp
  • S2 Braine-le-Comte – Brussels – Leuven
  • S8 Bruxelles-Midi – Bruxelles-Schuman – Ottignies – Louvain-la-Neuve
  • S61 Charleroi-Sud – Namur – Jambes

Three S relations that used to run once an hour during the holidays will return to every 30 minutes. These are:

  • S32 Puurs – Antwerp – Essen
  • S5 Enghien – Brussels-Schuman – Vilvoorde – Mechelen
  • S20 Ottignies – Wavre – Leuven

In addition, the trains will run at maximum length, so that social distancing can be guaranteed whenever possible. A total of 36 additional trains are planned for the weekends.

The SNCB’s travel planner – which can be consulted on the website and the mobile application – will incorporate all of these adaptations from this Friday 13 November.

The Brussels Times

Latest news

Video of three trams at standstill on Brussels intersection goes viral
A video of three trams at a standstill in a triangle at an intersection in the Brussels municipality of Schaerbeek last weekend went viral, as it ...
Fake PCR tests lead to court hearings for 160 air passengers
In recent months a high number of passengers arriving at Brussels Airport have been found to have fake negative PCR tests; 160 travellers will appear ...
No crowds, limited events: these measures take effect today
Most of Belgium's latest measures already took effect on Saturday, but some changes – concerning public events, sports competitions and schools – ...
Brussels and Liège residents invited to sleep rough to raise awareness for homeless
As temperatures dip below freezing, sleeping on the streets becomes potentially life-threatening, even without factoring in the myriad other hazards ...
Belgium in Brief: Delta, Gamma… Omicron?
Since June, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is no longer calling newly-discovered coronavirus "variants of concern" after the country where they ...
Omicron variant poses ‘very high’ global risk, warns WHO
The Omicron coronavirus variant poses a "very high" global risk for which countries must be well-prepared, said the World Health Organisation (WHO) ...
De Croo: ‘The one certainty that we can rely on is the impact of our personal behaviour’
On Monday morning, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo spoke on La Première radio station about the recently-announced coronavirus measures and, in ...
Booster vaccines already available for all Brussels residents
All residents of the Brussels-Capital Region from 18 years old can make an appointment for a third/booster dose against the coronavirus from this ...
Covid-19 decisions made ‘too hastily’, socialist leader argues
The government is missing a "general lack of method" when it comes to how coronavirus fighting measures are decided on, according to the leader of ...
Aggression against railway staff more than doubled since 2020
In the first three quarters of 2021, the number of reports of aggression against national railway company SNCB's staff has more than doubled compared ...
Intervention hotline 1722 activated following bad weather warnings
Following bad weather warnings from Belgium's Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI), the Federal Public Service (FPS) Home Affairs has ...
Several rush hour train services to be scrapped from Monday
Up to ten peak time trains to and from Brussels will be temporarily cancelled starting from Monday, Belgian railway company SNCB announced this ...