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Brussels to get new metro line
The Brussels-Capital Region has finalised the route of a new metro line that will eventually connect Schaerbeek and Evere with North Station. The route – called line 3 – will have stations at Noord Liedts, Collignon, Waelhem, Riga, Linde, Vrede and the Bordet train station. The stations will be located near existing tram stops at some of the locations.
The decision was announced by Brussels transport minister Brigitte Grouwels and mobility minister Bruno de Lille, who had to choose between two different routes. They said the route they chose was the best in terms of passenger volume and ease of construction.
The region now has to obtain urban planning and environment permits before construction can begin. If all goes according to plan, tunnelling work should begin in 2018.
The region also plans to turn the underground tram line linking North Station with South Station into a full metro line. Once that is done, metro trains will provide a direct connection between Evere, Schaerbeek, the city centre, Sint-Gillis and Vorst. “This project shows that Brussels is continuing to develop alternatives to the car,” said De Lille.