90 trains per day impacted by flooded tunnel in Brussels
About 90 train per day out of 150 to 200 are impacted for several days due to flooded rails in a tunnel on line L161 near the Brussels-Schuman station. The alternative route plan will be maintained until September 18th.
“On Thursday 95 trains were partially or totally cancelled. We recorded 3.700 minutes of delay”, explains the Belgian rail company SNCB/NMBS. Rails on the Brussles-Namur line L161 were flooded both ways in the tunnel due to a burst water pipe in Saint-Josse that also created huge sink holes in the road surface above the tunnel.
An alternative route plan has been put up and will be maintained until September 18th. The SNCB/NMBS doesn’t talk about delays though. The alternative route is just longer. Part of the trains is deviated to Louvain/Leuven adding about 20 to 30 min to the route.
Thousands of commuters concerned
The SNCB/NMSB keep the exact number of impacted commuters to themselves. Taking into account that traffic on this line is intense, with about 150 to 200 trains per day, you can estimate that about 90 trains are cancelled. It all adds up to an average of 13.500 to 18.000 commuters that will have to change their morning commuting until repairs are done.
Trains are still connecting Brussels South, Central and North to Louvain/Leuven and Ottignies. Buses from Ottignies are also connecting the Brussels-Luxemburg train station.