Strike brings Brussels public transport to a halt

Public transport in Brussels was almost entirely halted on Wednesday, as bus and tram drivers went on strike for improved safety, after a bus was attacked with a molotov cocktail.

Submitted by Fall Back on March 20, 2008

Starting at 6.30, citywide buses and trams were completely shut down. Metro services were reported to be overcrowded beyond capacity.

The strike was called by transport unions, rapidly demanding improvements in workplace safety after the latest in a string of attacks in recent months. Such attacks have been an ongoing theme recently in Belgian media, with a number of recent attacks reported against both staff and passengers. According to the Belgian rental association the subway network dealt with an increase of more than 200% in traffic, without incidents.