Belgian rail problems

Sir - Your article on SNCB (RG 4.01 p253) brought a smile to my face. A Prime Minister intervening in the Belgian Railway administration! That can’t have been what Brussels had in mind with Directive 91/440, can it?

Seriously though, new rolling stock and new lines may be all right, but the real problem seems to have been overlooked. SNCB is monstrously overstaffed. They should certainly not need 40000 staff to cope with their traffic volumes. In Sweden 17000 staff cope with more traffic.

Bertil Hylén

Swedish National Road & Transport

Research Institute