High-speed rail link between France and Belgium disrupted

All train services (TGV, Thalys, Eurostar) on the line between France and Belgium have been suspended in both directions since 11 am after a French high-speed train hit an overhead line, according to Belgian rail operator Infrabel.

"The driver of a TGV coming from France hit an overhead line and the train came to a halt," said Infrabel's Frédéric Sacré. Overhead lines are used to supply trains with electricity. The train is being towed to Brussels-Midi station. 

Infrabel is currently unable to estimate how long it will take to restore services. In the meantime, some Thalys trains are being diverted via the Brussels-Doornik-Lille line. 


High-speed trains near the Brussels-Midi railway station in Belgium © BELGA PHOTO KRISTOF VAN ACCOM

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