SNCB maintains a “maximum running and composition offer” for its trains, the day after the turn of the screw operated by the government to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus, a spokesperson for the railway company said on Saturday. Belgian. Same status quo on the side of Brussels and Walloon public transport, commented the spokespersons of Stib and Tec.
The consultation committee, which brings together the main ministers of the federal government and federated entities, decided on Friday evening to close bars and restaurants for a month, to reduce the social bubble to one person outside the home and to establish a curfew from midnight to 5 a.m. Telecommuting is also becoming the norm wherever possible.
These new measures have no effect on SNCB’s offer, a company spokesperson said on Saturday. “People who cannot telecommute must be able to rely on public transport,” the company emphasizes. “SNCB has increased its offer in recent months in order to prioritize safety. We are maintaining this effort to transport travelers safely. “During the spring confinement, SNCB had reduced its offer.
In the capital, the subways, buses and trams of the Société des transports intercommunaux de Bruxelles will also run normally. Stib first wants to assess the impact of the measures on traffic to its network before considering adapting its offer.
Walloon buses also maintain their usual service, indicates Tec Marketing and Mobility Director Stéphane Thiery. “The supply must remain, as during containment, at its usual level to allow those who have no other solution to carry out their essential activities. “
The absenteeism rate of drivers is however sometimes marked and the network is experiencing difficulties in maintaining all the routes, in particular in Liège and Charleroi, he explains. Users can find information on the Tec website, application or social networks to check which routes have been deleted. The team has also been strengthened to communicate more quickly.
De Lijn buses do not reduce their offer either.