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Belgium suspends Fyra high-speed train services pending review

Friday 18 January 2013


Belgium's rail safety body has banned the Fyra high-speed train service from operating on Belgian tracks until rail company NMBS can prove the service is reliable, according to Dutch media reports on Friday.

'The Belgian and Dutch rail companies first have to draw up a report showing the cause of all the defects,' said Belgian transport ministry spokeswoman Sophie van de Woestyne. 'Only then will the rail authority decide if services can be resumed.'

According to the NRC, it will be at least Monday evening before the high-speed service is resumed.

Fyra services have been suspended since Thursday after the undercarriages of three trains were damaged by ice and snow. The suspension is the latest in a catalogue of technical problems and delays to hit the service since it launched on December 9.


Earlier on Friday it emerged the Dutch and Belgian parliamentary transport committees are to hold a joint session in an effort to get to the bottom of problems and the heads of both the Dutch and Belgian railways will be called to appear.

The high-speed train replaced the traditional intercity service and there is no other direct connection between the two cities. Passengers are currently being moved across the border by bus.

Rail user groups said earlier this month only half the Fyra services are currently arriving on time.

Earlier stories

Fyra services cancelled because of snow damage
High speed train service Fyra still running late
More problems for Fyra high-speed service
European MPs to get sharp discounts on Fyra high-speed service
The Hague makes urgent appeal to keep direct trains to Belgium
Train tickets to Belgium set to soar in price

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Quick reminder: When a new highway between Amsterdam and Utrecht was constructed, environment regulations made the speed limit as low as 80 km/h. Infrastructure minister Schultz was furious, and arranged that these regulations could be circumvented somehow and the speed limit went up to 130 km/h. Where is this minister now? DutchRail, and daughter NS Highspeed, are public property, 100% of the stocks are held by the government. If I owned 100% of DutchRails stocks, I would demand its CEO to resign right now. Yet Schultz does nothing but watch.

By Pee-Tor | 18 January 2013 4:07 PM

Bring back the intercity!

By phantom | 18 January 2013 5:12 PM

Please let me take back what I said on an earlier post about the other trains running fine. Turns out the whole regiont of Utrecht is a chaos now. Congrats again, NS.

By phantom | 18 January 2013 5:18 PM

Pee-Tor I guess you did not get the memo: the Minister you refer to does not answer to the population, but instead she is in the back-pocket of the ProRail executives and others who even more invisible to the public. There needs to be a wholesale fleecing and consolidation at all of the Passenger Rail companies in NL. You will know when this happens as Minister Schultz will be replaced.

By Chek-IN/Chek-OUT | 18 January 2013 5:39 PM

Hi All
I'm coming with news: the train manufacturer AnsaldoBreda have had a press release saying that their equipment is a piece of art...and infrastructure is a failure....see the link:
Mistery is going deeper....Question is Who got the tip?

By Django | 18 January 2013 7:48 PM

It's state of the art not a piece of art. In other words they meant it's the latest technology. Otherwise with that nose, I don't what kind of art they have in mind.

By joost | 19 January 2013 2:18 PM

@Pee-Tor: you are wrong twice. The speed limit on A2 between Hollendrecht and Utrecht is 100km/h. That is how it was designed. However, it could be improved when air quality had also improved. So since a lot of new cars are entering the fleet, and they pollute much less (up to 70% less) than the old clunkers they substitute for (and that are sold to Eastern Europe or Africa), air quality low warrants a higher speed limit at night.

By A.L. | 19 January 2013 4:31 PM

@Andre L/A.L./Suburbanist: Since we found out most of those figures are pure bunk (it was in another Dutch News article), and that the air quality is now measurably worse, I guess that you are the one who is wrong.

Melanie and the highway construction lobby must go.

By Kevin | 20 January 2013 6:17 PM

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