Belgium: Thousands of tourists stranded at Ostend station: "An unacceptable situation", according to the mayor

0 16

Thousands of tourists stranded at Ostend station: "An unacceptable situation", according to the mayor

Thousands of tourists stranded at Ostend station: "An unacceptable situation", according to the mayor

Thousands of tourists stranded at Ostend station: "An unacceptable situation", according to the mayor

Pierre-Yves Thienpont

Lhe mayor of Ostend does not want additional trains to the Coast until the SCNB has put in place a “solid” security plan. Bart Tommelein thus reacts to the chaos observed Friday evening at the station of the seaside town, caused by problems on the rail network. The mayor met with the national railway company.

"This is an unacceptable situation, all the more so in this period" of rebound in the coronavirus epidemic, "Bart Tommelein reacted on Saturday. The mayor demands that a security plan be set up in consultation with the SNCB for this type of emergency. “This kind of situation ruins all the security and organizational efforts undertaken by the City. If we are able to manage 15.000 people on our beaches, the SCNB must be able to develop an effective system. On the Thalys, the company also knows how many people are on board. "

After the interview, SNCB said it was ready to set up such a plan. But until the entry into force of this plan, the mayor does not want additional trains to the Coast, as planned in the summer period.

SNCB has decided not to adapt its services to the coast this Saturday. "We are not deploying additional trains to the Coast to attract more passengers, but to make the journeys safer for the passengers going to the sea. As long as people want to go there because of the good weather, we will have to react" , said company spokesperson Dimitri Temmerman. “It is SNCB's task to get people to their destination safely, not to decide who is or is not authorized to take the train to the Coast. The authorities must take a clear decision on this matter. "

The transport company will consult with the Ostend city council and the local police zone to discuss Friday's situation and see how everything can be better organized, according to Dimitri Temmerman.


This article appeared first on http://www.lesoir.be/316668/article/2020-08-01/des-milliers-de-touristes-bloques-la-gare-dostende-une-situation-inacceptable

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.