Four out of ten Dutch citizens against owning a car

August 14, 2023

More than four out of ten Dutch citizens think their country has to eliminate the idea that everyone has to own a car. Energy provider Zonneplan did a panel survey of 2002 Dutch inhabitants about their views on car possession. The most popular argument against car possession is the high environmental impact of the car […]

Dutch rail continues to struggle as passengers stay away

August 11, 2023

Dutch Railways NS continues to struggle to win back passengers. Passenger numbers are still well below pre-corona levels, making NS loss-making again in the first half of the year. Whether NS will win back passengers in the coming years and sell enough tickets to cover all operation costs remains to be seen. For instance, the […]

Gezinsbond proposes children traveling for free instead of train discount card

August 11, 2023

The Belgian Rail’s discount card for large families will disappear permanently in 2025. That is why the Gezinsbond, a non-profit organization that defends the interests of families, launches a new proposal allowing parents to take their children on the train for free as long as they live at home. After all, the train is an […]

German hydrogen train pioneer switches to cheaper battery power

August 04, 2023

German railway company LNVG has decided to halt further investments in hydrogen trains to replace diesel engines. Claiming they are cheaper to run, the company’s latest order consists of battery-powered and catenary trains only. The strategic move is significant, as the company was famed for inaugurating the first commercial hydrogen train line. In the summer […]

Eurostar likely to get British competitor

July 31, 2023

Britain’s Mobico, the former public transport company National Express, is talking with other companies to launch an HST connection between London and Paris via the Channel Tunnel. Evolyn, as Eurostar’s competitor would be called, could start in 2025. According to The Financial Times, the newspaper picked up the scoop, the Spanish Cosmen family, a shareholder […]

‘Train journey in EU two to thirty times more costly than by plane’

July 21, 2023

Traveling by train in Europe is, on average, twice as expensive as flying. On some routes, trains are even 30 times more costly than planes. This is according to an analysis by Greenpeace Central and Eastern Europe. The organization argues that European railways are disadvantaged by unfair taxes in favor of airlines, to the detriment […]

Project for new ‘non-high speed’ rail link Brussels-Paris

July 19, 2023

Belgian public railway company NMBS/SNCB and French railway company SNCF Voyageurs have plans to set up a new rail link between Brussels and Paris. The plan is to run back and forth between Brussels South and Paris North several times daily, using conventional trains. It is, therefore, not a high-speed connection. The journey should take […]

Flanders slacks off ban in LEZs Ghent and Antwerp

July 19, 2023

The Flemish government decided to slack off the future ban on Euro 2 gasoline cars and Euro 5 diesel cars in the Low-Emission Zones of Antwerp and Gent, the sole cities in Flanders that actually have a LEZ besides Brussels. Initially due to be effective from January 1st, 2025, the ban will be postponed by […]

Body cams to prevent aggression against public transport staff

July 12, 2023

Ministers of the federal and Flemish governments have launched the ‘Stop Aggression’ action plan to tackle the problem of aggression on public transport in Belgium. The 10-point list includes a bus ban for troublemakers, while the demand for controller body cams will be examined. Public railway company NMBS/SNCB received 1 900 reports of aggression against […]

SNCF wants to generate massive green electricity

July 07, 2023

French railway company SNCF plans to earmark 1 000 hectares of solar panels by 2030 to cover 15 to 20% of its own electricity needs. The plans would make the railway company one of France’s largest green power producers. The SNCF is making this switch to secure supplies and control costs (between 2022 and 2023, […]

DLR: ‘ride in future VTOL air taxi to cost four to eight euros per km’

July 05, 2023

Imagine Brussels a decade further in the future with electric flying VTOL taxis taking off and landing vertically on ‘vertidromes’ at several places in the inner city, picking up passengers to fly them in no time to the national airport high above a congested city. An airborne ride that would cost you four to eight […]

Brussels, Antwerp, and Ghent in top 20 of Clean Cities, Liège trailing

July 04, 2023

According to the latest Clean Cities Campaign, comparing emission-free mobility in 42 European cities, Brussels (11th place), Antwerp (12th), and Ghent (18th) have achieved a place in the top twenty rankings.  Liège, on the other hand, sits in 36th place. Still, all four Belgian cities could step up their game toward a zero-emission future, especially […]

De Lijn launches Hoppin net and scraps 180 bus stops

July 03, 2023

Flemish public transport operator De Lijn started the phased roll-out of its primary accessibility network, Hoppin. The new De Lijn network means changes are taking place at 16 000 bus stops, with some 180 to be abolished and others to be relocated, frequencies changed, or new line numbers appearing. But not everyone applauds De Lijn’s […]

Record operating profit of €332 million euros for Eurostar

June 28, 2023

The Eurostar Group, the merger of high-speed train operators Thalys and Eurostar, transported 14,8 million passengers last year and posted a turnover of over 1,53 billion euros, two and a half times more than a year earlier. As a result, profit before Ebita reached a record level of 332 million euros. By mid-October, a new app, […]

Wallonia allocates €79 million extra to finish Liège tramway

June 26, 2023

The Walloon government will allocate another 79 million euros to finalize works on the new Liège tramway. These have been seriously delayed, much to the annoyance of traders and residents. The amount comes on top of the 450 million euros initially planned. The modern 11,5 km tram line will connect Standard’s stadium to the Coronmeuse […]

Namur cable car adjusts its ambitions as a mobility solution

June 23, 2023

The Namur cable car, back in operation since 20021, has been little used as a soft mobility solution. As a tourist attraction, the cable car over the Sambre toward the 650-meter-high Citadel meets expectations, but as a city transport offer, the figures are disappointing. From 1 September, the city will consequently implement new timetables and […]

Red Dot Design Award for Brussels trams’ Art Nouveau look

June 21, 2023

Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB has won two awards at the prestigious ‘Red Dot Design Award’. The transport company won awards for designing its new TNG tram and M7 metro inspired by the curves of Art Nouveau, an art movement inextricably linked to Brussels. The New Generation Tram (TNG) and the M7 metro, whose design […]

Mercedes builds 1.000th eCitaro bus and starts H2-version production

June 21, 2023

Daimler Truck has celebrated the build of its 1 000th eCitaro electric low-floor bus for city use, available in fixed and articulated variants. Now, the Mannheim plant is gearing up for the hydrogen variant of the eCitaro, which uses a fuel cell as a range extender. The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro has been in production since 2018, […]

Qbuzz also announces plans for Amsterdam-Paris rail link

June 13, 2023

After Arriva last week, now Dutch public transport company Qbuzz has announced plans for high-speed trains between Amsterdam and Paris. For both companies, the trains would stop in Antwerp and Brussels en route. The start-up is targeted for January 2027. The application to the Dutch regulator Authority Consumer & Market (ACM) mentions seven trips in […]

Brussels thinking about new Metro 3 tender to cut costs

June 13, 2023

Brussels Finance and Budget Minister Sven Gatz (Open Vld) has raised the possibility of a new tender for the construction of metro line 3 in negotiations with the two companies that submitted bids do not lead to a reduction of the bill of more than 3 billion euros. The bids are “way too high”, he […]

Brussels MIVB/STIB’s greening continues

June 12, 2023

The Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB aims to reduce its emissions by 40% by 2030. To provide an increasingly environmentally friendly service to passengers, it is focusing on converting to an electric fleet. But also by striving to follow a set of principles grouped under the concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR). Today, all MIVB/STIB […]

Antwerp premetro works could (re)start in 2025

June 09, 2023

Works on the last unfinished premetro tunnel of the Antwerp premetro network and the four unfinished premetro stations, Drink, Morkhoven, Willibrordus, and Stuivenberg, could start in early 2025.  The whole project should then be ready in the first quarter of 2027. Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) has said so. The cost would hover […]

De Lijn paid €5 900 in fines for LEZ violations in 2022

June 07, 2023

Flemish public transport company De Lijn paid 5 900 euros in fines last year for violations in the Low-Emission Zones (LEZ) of Antwerp, Ghent, and Brussels. This is according to the figures Green MP Stijn Bex requested. Fines for unauthorized diesel buses are on a downward trend. In 2019, for example, the company still paid […]

Brussels gets driverless metro trains in 2026

June 07, 2023

According to several French-language newspapers, the Brussels Region will automate its metro network. These ‘driverless’ trains have been discussed for about a decade, but now the goals are becoming more concrete: the first route to run without a human driver will be line 5 Ceria-Erasmus in the summer of 2026. Eventually, all metros should run […]

Flemish increasingly opt for cycling, but car remains king

June 06, 2023

The Fleming increasingly prefers to cycle and walk. This emerges from a study into the travel behavior of the Flemish population by the Department of Mobility. Although the car remains the most popular means of transport, the share of the car drops below 60% for the first time. It is the sixth time since 1994 […]

Eurostar Amsterdam-London in danger

June 06, 2023

Last Friday, Dutch state secretary Heynen (Ministry of Infrastructure & Waterstate) decided that the Eurostar train between Amsterdam and London will not be proposed for eleven months, starting June 2024. The reason? Amsterdam Central Station has to be overhauled, and apparently, there’s no room during the works period to house the Dutch Marechaussee (police force), […]

High congestion rate is back in Flanders

June 05, 2023

While there still was 4% less traffic on Flemish highways in 2022 compared to the pre-pandemic era, the congestion rate is back at the former level. However, the congestion’s exact time and place play a more significant role than before. According to the yearly report for 2022 of the Flemish Traffic Center (Vlaams Verkeerscentrum), traffic […]

Brussels Region alone cannot bear the financing of Metro 3 construction

June 01, 2023

The financing of the new metro line 3 in Brussels continues to raise questions. It is also an item that keeps popping up in the Belgian press as it was recently revealed that the cost is much higher than first estimated. Among other things, the Brussels government has now asked the federal government whether it […]

Hoppin Point at AfricaMuseum in Tervuren opened

June 01, 2023

On the border of the Flemish Brabant town of Tervuren and Wezembeek-Oppem, one of the most important Hoppin Points along the Brussels Ring Road was officially opened on Wednesday. The Hoppin Point branches off from the terminus of Streetcar 44 and is close to Tervuren Park and the Africa Museum. At the new Hoppin Point […]

MIVB/STIB and De Lijn see passengers returning

May 31, 2023

The impact of the corona crisis at the Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB and the Flemish public transport company De Lijn seem to have turned the sharpest corner now. This is evident from recent figures. Nevertheless, De Lijn, in particular, has had a difficult year due to driver shortages and twice as many canceled trips. […]

Belgians prefer mobility by foot and car, cycling rises

May 30, 2023

Belgians most often traveled on foot (95%) and by car (94%) in 2022, according to a survey by FPS Mobility questioning 4 600 Belgians aged between 18 and 79. The two most popular alternatives are public transport and cycling, with 65% and 56%, respectively. However, sustainable mobility is gaining ground, partly because of environmental and […]

Brussels government ask federal government more money for Metro 3 project

May 26, 2023

The Brussels government will ask the federal government for a budget increase for the planned works on the Metro 3 project in the capital. This is because the costs of constructing a tunnel and stations are piling up much higher than initially projected. According to a report in the business newspaper L’Echo, Beliris, the federal […]

NMBS/SNCB: People with reduced mobility can request assistance more easily

May 26, 2023

Train passengers with reduced mobility can now also request assistance to take the train more easily via the NMBS/SNCB website. To this end, the website adopts the functions and benefits of NMBS/SNCB Assist, the pay launched in January. Among other things, a personal login, an adapted journey planner, online follow-up of requests, or requesting several […]

Brussels residents abandon car to cycle and walk more

May 24, 2023

People living in Brussels take their cars less often than ten years ago and more often go by bike or on foot. These are the results of a new study by Brussels Mobility. Every day, the capital’s inhabitants make 3,3 million journeys, accounting for 25 million kilometers traveled. Most of these are done on foot […]

Popularity Brupass transport ticket is growing

May 22, 2023

The Brupass formulas, the joint tickets and season tickets for public transport in and around Brussels created by the transport companies MIVB/STIB, De Lijn, TEC, and NMBS/SNCB to make journeys in and around the capital easier, are attracting increasing numbers of users. That is according to recent figures from Brussels Minister for Mobility Elke Van […]

Edinburgh gets UK’s first autonomous bus service

May 12, 2023

A route with self-driving buses from Stagecoach, UK’s largest bus and coach operator, will start operating in Edinburgh next week, a first in the UK. However, a driver will always be on board to monitor things and take back control of the bus in an emergency. This is also required by UK law. The project, […]

Uber launches flight booking in its UK app

May 11, 2023

Technology company Uber, which offers taxi rides and meal deliveries with its app, is to expand its services. This summer, it will launch a feature in the UK that will allow users to book flights directly in its app. The feature was launched on Uber’s UK app for multimodal travel options last year, and the […]

De Lijn needs 600 extra bus drivers for Flanders

May 08, 2023

Flemish public transport company De Lijn is looking for about 600 drivers for all of Flanders. Last Saturday’s job day in Destelbergen (East Flanders) attracted some 30 people who were interested in a job. The job day has been organized now so that the new drivers can start their new job this summer. A bus […]

Greenpeace study: ‘public transport in EU far too expensive’

May 05, 2023

Belgium scores poorly when it comes to affordable public transport. That’s according to an analysis by Greenpeace. Due to the high cost and a small range of discounts, Belgium finishes 12th in the European ranking. But Belgium is not the only European country that suffers from that problem. Greenpeace’s analysis shows that public transport in […]

Dutch will have to book train to Brussels in advance

May 03, 2023

On Tuesday, the Dutch railway company NS announced that traveling by Benelux train between Brussels and Amsterdam or trains to Germany will become less flexible during summer. Passengers will no longer have the choice of which train to board; they will only be able to take the train for which they bought a ticket. According […]

Arval: ‘Mobility offer is important factor in employment search’

May 02, 2023

In Belgium, a comprehensive mobility offer is a decisive factor for seven out of ten employees in choosing their employer. That’s the result of a European survey of the Arval Mobility Observatory interrogating employees in the private sector. The observatory questioned 2 905 European employees for this Employee Mobility Survey, living in Belgium, France, Germany, […]

De Lijn attracts 43% more passengers in first quarter 2023

May 02, 2023

In the first quarter of 2023, 72,8 million travelers used the buses and streetcars of the Flemish public transport company De Lijn. That is an increase of 43% compared to the same period last year. De Lijn will also equip all its buses with 3D cameras to count more accurately. Passenger numbers at De Lijn […]

Ombudsrail: ‘2 in 3 complaints related to international train traffic’

April 27, 2023

Last year, for the first time since its existence, the ombudsperson office for train passengers reported more complaints about international train traffic than domestic traffic. That is what the 2022 annual report of Ombudsrail indicates. In 2022, Ombudsrail received 3 395 files for which it is responsible, compared to 2 665 one year before. Almost […]

Newest generation of tram vehicles running in Brussels

April 27, 2023

Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB has introduced a new generation of tram vehicles. The first TNG vehicle was deployed on the northern section of line 51, between Brussels South Station and the Stadion stop at the King Boudewijn Stadium. The TNG, for ‘Tram New Generation’, is intended to strengthen the tram offer in Brussels. Over […]

De Lijn introduces first bus ban ever for 19-year-old roughneck

April 26, 2023

In Kortrijk, Belgian’s public transport company De Lijn, in collaboration with the city and the police, has introduced a bus ban for someone who caused a nuisance on a bus. It is the first time in Flanders that this new type of place ban has been applied. The measure means that the person in question […]

Belgian rail’s security counted 32.000 interventions in 2022

April 25, 2023

Agents of Securail, the security service of Belgian railway company NMBS/SNCB, had to intervene 32 000 times last year. That is an average of almost 90 interventions per day. This is reported by the newspaper La Dernière Heure. NMBS/SNCB also plans to recruit 150 new staff for its Securail security service this year. Recruitment is […]

Half of Brabant provincial train stations to get better offer

April 24, 2023

Last week it already became known that night trains would be available in the Brussels region until two in the morning. At a more detailed presentation Friday of the NMBS/SNCB global 2023-2026 transport plan, more details became known for the province of Flemish Brabant. Apart from more trains at weekends and on Friday and Saturday […]

Minister twists and turns to avoid €30 million LEZ fines for De Lijn

April 21, 2023

From 2026, Flemish public transport company De Lijn risks paying an estimated 30 million euros in fines because Euro 6 buses will then no longer be allowed in the low-emission zones (LEZ) in Antwerp and Ghent. To avoid that scenario, Flemish Minister of Mobility Lydia Peeters (Open VLD) is in a crisis meeting with her […]

Belgian rail’s Innovation Lab involves travelers in testing app

April 21, 2023

Starting in June, anyone who wants can participate via an app in the ongoing initiatives that Belgian railroad company NMBS/SNCB is trying out through its Innovation Lab to make rail travel more attractive to travelers. So write several newspapers, including La Capital and Het Laatste Nieuws. Receiving real-time information via your cell phone about replacement […]

Belgian first: shuttles at Terhills Resort now fully autonomous

April 21, 2023

The self-driving shuttles riding around on the domain of the Terhills Resort in Maasmechelen are now completely autonomous. The presence of a safety steward is no longer needed. The shuttle project is unique in Belgium and exceptional in Europe. The vehicles were officially introduced in May last year in the presence of the Flemish Ministers […]

Iveco opens new electric bus factory in Foggia Italy

April 20, 2023

Iveco Bus has inaugurated its new electric bus production facility in Foggia, Italy, near the Iveco Group FPT Industrial plant for industrial engines. This new Foggia factory should also produce the 500 ordered electric buses for the Flemish public transport company De Lijn. Iveco Bus was already present in Italy with its Suzarra plant, which […]

Brussels keeps its public transport passengers happy

April 20, 2023

The Brussels bus, metro, and tram company MIVB/STIB scores 7,3 out of 10 on the company’s satisfaction barometer, the same score as the two previous years and better than any other public transport in Belgium. “A clear recognition from passengers about the investments in public transport,” says CEO Brieuc de Meeùs. The metro remains the […]

NS-Intercity Amsterdam-Brussels cuts travel time by half an hour

April 20, 2023

Dutch railroad company NS carried passengers on a new intercity train between Amsterdam and Rotterdam for the first time Wednesday. The intention is to use that new Intercity New Generation (ICNG) later between Amsterdam and Brussels. NS reported this in a press release. The new trains would allow you to track half an hour faster […]

Brussels Region gets night trains until two in the morning

April 18, 2023

It was already known that the Belgian railroad company NMBS/SNCB will add up to 2 000 additional trains per week in the 2023-2026 transport plan and that there will also be late trains on Friday and Saturday evenings. However, NMBS/SNCB is developing a concrete update for the Brussels Region. For example, 26 stations in Brussels […]

Belgian rail goes for ‘total concept toilets’ in 14 stations

April 14, 2023

Belgian railway company NMBS/SNCB is renovating toilets in 14 major train stations “according to a new total concept”. NMBS/SNCB will collaborate with specialized Dutch company 2theloo for this purpose. The existing toilets in the 14 stations will be gradually rebuilt over the coming months, with partial or complete renovations. With the new uniform concept, there […]

Electrification of Brussels bus fleet not on schedule

April 13, 2023

Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB is behind schedule for the electrification of its bus fleet. So reports the newspaper La Capital. However, that time is short may be clear because, in 2025, a series of buses of MIVB/STIB will no longer meet the standards of the low-emission zone (LEZ). Delays in construction or transformation of […]

Amsterdam to become full-fledged Eurostar hub

April 13, 2023

Amsterdam should become a full-fledged European hub for train travel across Europe by 2025. So says the top woman of the Eurostar Group, Gwendoline Cazenave, in an interview with the Dutch news agency ANP. An additional Eurostar train and a redevelopment of Amsterdam Central Station should contribute. Currently, four trains depart daily from Amsterdam for […]

Brussels waterbus transported more than 45 000 people

April 12, 2023

The waterbus between Brussels and Vilvoorde carried 45 535 passengers in 2022. This reports the operator Rivertours, which has been offering waterbus trips since 2013. The figures are more than a five-fold increase compared to the launch year. Because the boats’ capacity was limited during the corona years of 2020 and 2021, comparison with those […]

Flanders’ Hoppin Point rollout sputters with only 65 completed

April 07, 2023

Of the planned 1 966 Hoppin Points in Flanders, barely 65 have been completed today, only three percent of the network, the newspaper Het Belang van Limburg writes. However, the new mobility hubs envisioned by the Flemish Minister for Mobility Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) are crucial in the Basic Accessibility plan. That plan designs a […]

NMBS/SNCB goes €142,6 million in the red in 2022

April 03, 2023

Belgian railway company NMBS/SNCB recorded a recurring operating loss of 142,6 million euros last year. Those debts were due to five consecutive wage indexations during the last year and sharply increased energy costs. Compensations from the federal government cushioned the impact so that NMBS/SNCB ended up with an operational result of 39,6 million euros. So, […]