Punctuality Report: March 2018

Overall punctuality for passenger traffic

Trains on time or with a delay of less than 6 minutes

March 2017March 2018
Before neutralisation89,5%88,5%
After neutralisation95,0%92,2%
Assessed according to the number of passengers87,9%86,8%
Measured over the entire journey87,1%86,0%
Including trains cancelled (without neutralisation)88,3%87,1%

In order to obtain an overall view of punctuality, whatever the reasons for delays, consult the before “neutralisation” figure.  Neutralisation consists of not taking account of delays resulting from external factors and other major investment work (RER, etc.).

With the punctuality rate “assessed according to passenger numbers”, the delay for a train carrying a large number of passengers carries more weight than that for a less busy train.

Punctuality is also “measured over the entire journey”: train delays are not only taken into account on arrival at the final station, but also throughout the journey.

Punctuality of passenger traffic at peak times, off-peak times & weekends

Trains on time or with a delay of less than 6 minutes

March 2017March 2018
Morning peak time88,9%87,8%
Evening peak time86,7%84,5%
Off-peak time90,2%89,4%
Week-ends90,6%90,4%

Overall punctuality according to train type

Trains on time or with a delay of less than 6 minutes

March 2017March 2018
IC Trains87,7%86,1%
S Trains91,2%90,3%
L Trains92,4%91,8%
P Trains87,4%85,9%

Punctuality according to train type at peak times, off-peak times & weekends

Trains on time or with a delay of less than 6 minutes

March 2018
Morning peak timeEvening peak timeWeek-endsOff-peak time
IC Trains84,7%81,5%87,4%86,9%
S Trains88,5%83,1%92,3%92,4%
L Trains91,1%90,1%94,7%91,3%
P Trains87,9%83,9%73,3%85,8%

Punctuality for major connections

Trains on time or with a delay of less than 6 minutes

March 2017March 2018
IC 01 Oostende – Eupen84,2%77,3%
IC 03 Knokke / Blankenberge – Genk88,4%83,0%
IC 04 Antwerpen-Centraal – Poperinge / Lille Flandres92,4%93,7%
IC 06 Tournai – Mons (via Brussels Airport)88,0%84,9%
IC 07 Charleroi-Sud – Antwerpen-Centraal87,2%81,5%
IC 16 Brussel-Zuid – Luxembourg75,6%91,1%
IC 19 Tournai – Namur89,6%86,5%
IC 25 Mons – Liège Palais85,9%70,4%
IC 26 Kortrijk – Sint-Niklaas91,6%86,6%
IC 35 Brussel-Zuid – Amsterdam85,1%83,2%

Punctuality for the 10 main lines arriving into Brussels

Trains on time or with a delay of less than 6 minutes

93,3%
88,9%
84,9%
88,0%
90,2%
89,2%
87,6%
86,6%
94,0%
86,6%

Punctuality for the 10 main lines arriving into Brussels at peak times, off-peak times, weekends

Trains on time or with a delay of less than 6 minutes

March 2018
Morning peak timeEvening peak timeWeek-endsOff-peak time
L 25 Antwerpen - Bruxelles84,8%88,0%95,3%88,2%
L 36 Liège - Bruxelles79,7%84,8%80,2%88,3%
L 50A Oostende - Bruxelles78,0%90,8%80,8%91,7%
L 50 Gent - Bruxelles83,6%90,9%100%96,6%
L 60 Dendermonde - Bruxelles90,0%89,4%92,9%95,9%
L 89 Kortrijk - Bruxelles76,1%87,1%87,3%91,9%
L 94 Tournai - Bruxelles76,2%85,3%92,8%91,1%
L 96 Mons - Bruxelles78,9%84,0%92,2%93,3%
L 124 Charleroi - Bruxelles85,2%89,6%91,6%91,7%
L 161 Namur - Bruxelles77,1%88,3%95,8%88,3%

Punctuality on arrival at 8 major stations outside Brussels

Trains on time or with a delay of less than 6 minutes

88,4%
85,7%
80,3%
83,1%
84,6%
88,8%
84,2%
88,8%

Rate of ensured connections

March 2017March 2018
Antwerpen-Centraal92,2%90,7%
Brugge94,4%92,3%
Charleroi-Sud92,9%91,1%
Gent-Sint-Pieters90,6%90,7%
Leuven91,3%90,5%
Liège-Guillemins88,9%85,7%
Mechelen93,2%92,1%
Mons92,6%91,4%
Namur87,9%88,6%
Zottegem93,3%94,0%
Total91,5%90,4%

Train cancellations

Les trains supprimés (non partis ou limités à une partie de leur parcours) ne sont donc pas pris en compte dans le taux global de ponctualité mais sont recensés à part, tout comme la raison de leur suppression. 

March 2017March 2018
Number of cancelled trains15601849
% of total of trains1,4%1,6%

Responsibles for train delays and cancellations

Different stakeholders each have a role to play in train punctuality. These are mainly the rail network manager (Infrabel), operators (such as SNCB) and third parties.

Reasons for the longest delays

  • Damage to rolling stock
  • Damage to infrastructure
  • Incidents on foreign networks
  • Trespassing
  • Person on the line