Eurostar hit by rail strike in Belgium

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Eurostar hit by rail strike in Belgium

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Industrial action by Belgian rail workers is set to disrupt Eurostar and Thalys services to and via Brussels.

A 24-hour strike which began at 10pm last night means high-speed trains linking the Belgian capital with London, Paris, Amsterdam and Cologne are being cancelled.

Stranded passengers were not happy.
“There is always something up with the trains and now we have strikes,” said one stranded passenger. “We are already in an economic crisis and all that. I understand, but it is always us people who have to suffer for this.”

Another said: “I know there are problems everywhere, but I don’t think this strike is going to resolve anything. It is a pain for all the people travelling and I don’t think this will change anything.”

The dispute is over changes to the Belgian network freight division. However Eurostar has asked passengers from Brussels to put off unnecessary trips, stressing that its Brussels-bound trains would stop at Lille, with only a limited coach service offered to complete journeys. Services between Britain and Paris are operating normally.