Brussels rail tunnel repaired, trains back to normal

Summary

Although limited speeds are in place, the North-Schuman rail tunnel in Brussels is repaired and the normal train schedule has resumed

Back on track

The rail link between Brussels North Station and Schuman Station has been re-established, following repairs required when the rail tunnel was flooded by mud more than a week ago. The problem was caused by a water leak, which also led to a sinkhole on Leuvensesteenweg in Sint-Joost.

A spokesperson for rail infrastructure company Infrabel said, while the train schedule is back to normal, there would be speed restrictions in force for a time.

Meanwhile, a train that rammed into the buffers at Antwerp Central Station on Friday has been towed away, leaving 13 of the station’s 14 platforms open. While the towing operation was under way on platform two, platforms one and three were also out of action.

Passengers would not experience any delays, Infrabel said, but were warned that their train may depart from a different platform than usual for the time being. Platform two, where the buffers and overhead lines are damaged, requires extensive repairs.

Following the accident, three rail personnel were treated for minor injuries. An investigation is underway as to how the accident happened.

Photo: The train in Antwerp knocked down the buffer stop and into a pole
©Nicolas Maeterlinck/BELGA

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