“Future formulas are much less advantageous for young people and seniors alike”: SNCB in the sights of the FGTB

“Future formulas are much less advantageous for young people and seniors alike”: SNCB in the sights of the FGTB
“Future formulas are much less advantageous for young people and seniors alike”: SNCB in the sights of the FGTB

UAbout fifty affiliates of the FGTB led an action on Monday morning in front of Charleroi Central station to denounce the SNCB tariff reform, which should come into force in 2025. According to them, this reform will create losers, young people and seniors in particular.

These two target groups currently benefit from reduction formulas. As part of the new price list, these will be removed and replaced by other options providing a 40% reduction on the full price.

“Beyond a certain distance, future formulas are much less advantageous for young people as well as for seniors who will have to pay more for the same trips or forgo making them,” indicated Riet Vandeputte, coordinator within the ASBL Cenforsoc.

The FGTB carried out the same action on Monday in other stations in the country, notably in Liège-Guillemins.

In a press release, the Federal Minister of Mobility, Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo) assures that the reform aims on the contrary to make the train more accessible, with new reductions for young people and the elderly, for small groups, for the most vulnerable people. more fragile, but also during off-peak hours.

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“The number of travelers who will be able to benefit from reductions will be multiplied thanks to this reform, it being understood that free admission for children under 12 and school subscriptions will be maintained,” indicates the minister.

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As for the particularly advantageous Senior ticket, a maximum price must still be set by SNCB. But “under no circumstances will their price be multiplied by two or three,” guarantees Mr. Gilkinet.

“My commitment is clear: no one will be left on the quay in the future. On the contrary, it will be even more interesting to take the train tomorrow! “.

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