Storm damage forces Belgium-Netherlands rail cancellations

A pedestrian walks past a fallen tree beside the side of a canal in Amsterdam on Feb 18, after Storm Eunice passed across northern Europe. PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS (AFP) - High-speed trains between Belgium and the Netherlands have been cancelled because of damage caused by Storm Eunice, which whipped across Britain and northern Europe, the Thalys rail service said on Saturday (Feb 19).

A spokesman for Thalys, which links Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne, told AFP "the whole Dutch network" handling high-speed trains has been affected, thus impacting trains leaving Belgium.

As a result, Thalys services are limited to Paris-Brussels, with full service to and from Amsterdam and beyond expected to be re-established around 1400 GMT on Saturday.

The Netherlands' website carrying updates on its high-speed line said "the damage on most of the track is still extensive". It showed pictures of crews clearing fallen trees.

Belgium's rail network manager Infrabel said trains on its network are mostly running normally on Saturday after overnight work to clear lines.

Storm Eunice ripped across Belgium and the Netherlands overnight, after hitting Britain, packing winds of up to 145kmh.

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