Brussels finds its missing link
New layout it the biggest reorganisation in underground rail services in the capital since the Metro opened in 1976.
The final few hundred metres of track on the underground rail line that encircles Central Brussels came into service shortly before 6am on Saturday. The completion of the missing link between Delacroix Station in Anderlecht and the West Station in Molenbeek has brought with it the biggest reorganisation in underground rail services in the capital since the Metro opened in 1976.
Until now, the Brussels Metro network consisted of three lines.
From now on, the Metro will boast no fewer than six lines, although two of these are in fact underground tram services.
Brussels South to Brussels Expo in 11 minutes
Two services will use the circle line for all or part of their route.
Line 2 two goes full circle, starting at Simonis – Elisabeth (the lower floor of the station) and terminating at Simonis – Leopold III (the upper floor).
Meanwhile, line 6 route runs from the King Boudewijn Station (close to Brussels Expo) to Simonis-Elisabeth.
The new line will make it possible to travel from the Thalys and Eurostar terminus at Brussels South Railway Station to the King Boudewijn Stadium and Brussels Expo in just 11 minutes.
Line 1 changes
The changes will also affect passengers using what used to be line 1A and line1B.
The former line 1B has become line 1.
It has been shortened and now runs from Stokkel Station in Sint-Pieters Woluwe to the West Station in Molenbeek.
Passengers wishing to travel on to Anderlecht or to the northwest of the city will be able to change trains on the same platform at Beekkant.
The route of line 1A has been modified. The line now runs from Hermann Debroux Station in Oudergem to Erasmus Station in Anderlecht.
Lines 3 and 4 are in fact two tram lines that run underground for part of their route.
Despite an extensive, multi-lingual campaign advertising the changes, the Brussels public travel company MIVB expects some travellers to be a little confused over the next few days.
Consequently, the MIVB offered free Metro travel on Saturday to allow passengers to become familiar with the new routes.