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Thalys maintenance - fewer / no trains till the end of 2012

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Thalys maintenance - fewer / no trains till the end of 2012

Dear fellow DE's and regular forum readers,

Thalys regularly checks their trains to ensure everything is OK and guarantee quality service. However this year all 26 Thalys trains will get an extra thorough maintenance check which means each train will be out of service for one whole week, during which 30 technicians will inspect the train.

In order to secure Thalys' most important connections, several other connections will be cancelled, incl.

* Bergen-Charleroi-Namen

and

* Gent-Brugge-Oostende

For Belgium this means that between 14 July and 25 August there will be fewer trains between from Brussels to Paris and you will not be able to travel by Thalys to the above mentioned Wallonian or Flemish cities.

Alternatively, you can select the ABS (Any Belgian Station, EBS in Dutch) option when buying your Thalys ticket. Like with Eurostar it allows you to travel from Brussels-South train station to your final destination in Belgium.

In autumn, from September till December, there will be fewer trains from Paris to Amsterdam and from Paris to Brussels.

When booking your Thalys ticket you will be informed about these temporary modifications.

Kind regards,

Sabrina

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1. Re: Thalys maintenance - fewer / no trains till the end of 2012

"Alternatively, you can select the ABS (Any Belgian Station, EBS in Dutch) option when buying your Thalys ticket. Like with Eurostar it allows you to travel from Brussels-South train station to your final destination in Belgium."

Just for the record, this is not an ALTERNATIVE! What is meant is "you can STILL select" (ABS fare). Which goes without saying, as this relates to ticketing not which trains you use after Thalys to Brussels (or Antwerp). You select ABS option to obtain an inclusive price covering a journey from e.g. Paris to Brugge, whether taking a direct Thalys all the way to Brugge (of which, even in normal times, there is only one a day) or whether taking the currently twice-hourly Thalys to Brussels and changing there to a local train. ABS option costs €7 on top of the price from Paris to Brussels, when a separate ticket for Brussels-Brugge would cost €13.50.

The same applies for e.g. Amsterdam-Brugge, when ABS (generally, at some times you may be routed via Brussels) means Any Belgian Station other than ANTWERP.

When purchasing tickets for Paris-Brugge or Amsterdam-Brugge from http://www.b-europe.com/Travel , ABS fare is automatically what is proposed. To remove it (e.g. if breaking journey for more than one night in Brussels/ Antwerp) it is necessary to select Brussels or Antwerp as destination and then buy ticket to Brugge separately.

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2. Re: Thalys maintenance - fewer / no trains till the end of 2012

Hi,

Thanks for the detailed update, I hoped you would read it and correct if necessary.

But just for the record as well: I merely translated the official Thalys press release which states

"Uiteraard wordt er een ALTERNATIEVE oplossing voorgesteld aan klanten die willen reizen naar of vertrekken vanuit een van deze stations. Zij kunnen een Thalys-ticket tegen het tarief Elk Belgisch station (EBS) reserveren en gebruik maken van de treinen naar en van Brussel-Zuid via het Belgische binnenlandse net van de NMBS."

So I didn't make up :)

Best regards,

Sabrina

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