The direct Maastricht-Liege-Brussels train connection ends on 11 December 2011. Travellers from Maastricht bound for Brussels will then need to change trains and incur longer travelling times.
The reasons for the decision by the Belgian Railway (NMBS) to discontinue the service were general cutbacks as well as the many delays on this line. Petitions to maintain the Express and pressure from Dutch Limburg politicians were unable to reverse the measure.
There will now be a local train between Maastricht and Liege, which will not stop in Maastricht Randwijck or Eijsden, but will connect to the intercity trains departing from Liege. The connection to the intercity in Maastricht, in the direction of Eindhoven and Amsterdam will suffer. "We are a Belgian operator, and we focus on good connections in Belgium," an NMBS spokesperson explained previously to a travellers' organisation.