Traffic disruptions, engineering works and service alterationsTraffic disruptions and service alterations

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Tuesday 31 May: alternative train service due to strike on the Belgian rail network.

Due to a national strike, an alternative train service will be in place on the Belgian rail network from Monday 30 May at 22:00 until Tuesday 31 May 2022 inclusive.

More precise details of this alternative service, depending on the available train staff, will be available from Sunday evening 29 May on www.sncb.be.

For most international connections (including Thalys, Eurostar, TGV INOUI, ICE and the IC Brussels-Amsterdam trains), we expect a normal service.

However, please take this alternative service into account if you are travelling on our local cross-border trains to/from Lille, Luxembourg, Roosendaal, Maastricht or Aachen or if you need to take a domestic connection in Belgium before or after your international journey.


28 and 29 May: IC Netherlands will not operate between Breda and Amsterdam.

Due to planned engineering works on the Dutch rail network on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May 2022 inclusive, InterCity Netherlands trains will not be running between  Breda and Amsterdam Central.

Passengers to Rotterdam, Schiphol-Airport and Amsterdam can change trains in Breda and make use of other NS (Dutch railway) operated trains from Breda. This applies in the opposite direction as well, for travelling from the Netherlands to Belgium.

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.


Some ICE trains calling at Köln Ehrenfeld instead of Köln Hbf from 4th until 6th June.

Due to engineering works near Cologne, some ICE trains connecting Brussels with Frankfurt will be diverted around Cologne from Saturday 4th June until Monday 6th June.

As a consequence, these trains will not be serving Köln Hbf main station as usual, but will be calling at Köln-Ehrenfeld station instead (in the North-West of the city centre).

Please check the adapted schedules in our journey planner if you travel to/from Cologne or if you have to change trains in Cologne.


Works in Nantes from 4 until 6 June: TGV Brussels - Nantes limited to Angers4 - 6 June: TGV Brussels - Nantes limited to Angers

Due to works in Nantes, the TGV Brussels - Nantes (train number 9833) will exceptionally be limited to Angers-Saint-Laud on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June 2022. On Sunday 5 and Monday 6 June 2022, the TGV Nantes - Brussels (train number 9886) will exceptionally depart from Angers-Saint-Laud.

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.


No trains between Maubeuge and Paris from 7 until 9 June.

Due to planned works between Maubeuge and Saint-Quentin, the Mons-Paris and Charleroi-Paris connections can not be assured from Tuesday 7 to Thursday 9 June.

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.


No trains between Mons and Aulnoye on 11 and 12 June.

Due to planned engineering works, no trains will be running between Mons and Aulnoye (F) on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June. Passengers who want to connect Mons and Paris with the Intercity Mons-Aulnoye-Paris connection can travel via Charleroi and Maubeuge.

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.


11 and 12 June November: InterCity Netherlands not serving Brussels-Midi, Brussels-Central and Mechelen and terminating at Rotterdam.Works on 11 and 12 June: consequences for the IC Netherlands.

Due to planned engineering works on the Belgian rail network on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 June 2022, most InterCity services connecting Brussels with The Netherlands will exceptionally depart and terminate at Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord station (instead of Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid as usual).

Consequently, most IC Netherlands trains will not be serving Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid and Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal this weekend. Many connections to/from other Brussels stations are available at Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord.

As an additional consequence of these engineering works, the IC Netherlands trains will not be serving Mechelen either.

Additionally, the InterCity services connecting Brussels with Amsterdam will terminate at Rotterdam that weekend due to other works planned on the Dutch rail network.

Passengers to The Hague, Schiphol-Airport and Amsterdam can change trains in Rotterdam Central and make use of NS (Dutch railway) operated trains from Rotterdam. This applies in the opposite direction as well, for travelling from the Netherlands to Belgium.

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.


18 and 19 June: InterCity Netherlands not serving Brussels-Midi, Brussels-Central and Mechelen.

Due to planned engineering works on the Belgian rail network on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2022, most InterCity services connecting Brussels with The Netherlands will exceptionally depart and terminate at Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord station (instead of Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid as usual).

Consequently, most IC Netherlands trains will not be serving Bruxelles-Midi/Brussel-Zuid and Bruxelles-Central/Brussel-Centraal this weekend. Many connections to/from other Brussels stations are available at Brussel-Noord/Bruxelles-Nord.

As an additional consequence of these engineering works, the IC Netherlands trains will not be serving Mechelen either. 

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.


Works during the weekends in July: InterCity Netherlands not serving Antwerp-Central.

Due to planned engineering works on the Belgian rail network during the first three weekends of July (2 - 3 July, 9 - 10 July and 16 - 17 July) the InterCity services connecting Brussels with The Netherlands will be diverted around Antwerp and will exceptionally not serve Antwerp-Central station.

Passengers to/from Antwerp can board or alight at Antwerp-Berchem station, with frequent connections to/from Antwerp-Central. 

Adapted timetables will be available in the international rail planners later on. Please check the schedules for your journey a few days before travel.


Possible security checks at Brussels-Midi, Antwerp-Central and Liège-Guillemins.

Since July 2017, security checks for passengers travelling on high-speed trains (Thalys, TGV or ICE) have been introduced in the train stations of Brussels-Midi, Antwerp-Central and Liège-Guillemins. Part of a series of measures implemented by the government, these checks are non-systematic and non-permanent and are carried out by authorised security personnel.

Taking into account that you may be subject to the above mentioned security checks, we ask that Thalys, TGV and ICE travellers anticipate a safe time margin and make their way to the platform sufficiently on time.

Travellers are also reminded that they must not be in possession of items that could endanger their fellow passengers.

Feel free to contact us for further information about your journey.

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