Belgium: 73 trains cancelled per day in 2018
According to data from Infrabel, the railway infrastructure provider, there were in total 24.247 trains cancelled during last year’s eleven first months, which equals to 73 trains per day or 2% of the traffic. It’s a daily rate of 20 more than the previous year.
Strangely, the trains that the SNCB/NMBS decides to cancel aren’t taken into account for the punctuality rate. “From the moment the delay reaches a certain number of minutes, the train in question is cancelled”, declares the president of the non-profit organisation Navetteurs.be, Gianni Tabbone.
Nearly 25.000 cancelled trains and counting
On the first eleven months of 2018, the Infrabel data shows that there were 24.427 trains cancelled, which equals to 73 trains a day or even 2 % of the daily traffic. The previous year, there were 19.272 cancelled trains or 53 a day.
However, care should be taken because the number of trips varies from year to year. “There are external incidents that may explain a greater part of cancellation. This was the case in 2016 because of the terrorism attacks and last year because of the two strikes“, explains Ombudsrail mediator, Cynthia Van Der Linden.
53 minutes per day in transports
Those train disruptions not only affect the commuters but also children and teenagers on their way to school. According to the Monitor (SPT Mobility and VIAS) study’s data, the 6 to 18-year old youth spend in average 53 minutes per day in transports, compared to 85 minutes for adults.
Proportionally, the young ones walk more and use the bicycle more than their parents. Up to 12, though, the car is still the major transport but after that age nearly one trip out of two is made on foot or on bike. In Brussels, a quarter of them are made by public transport.