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Extension work begins on Tram 9 from Jette to Heysel

20:50 17/02/2019

Brussels' new tram line 9 has been open for less than six months - and work is already getting under way this week to extend its reach.

Inaugurated by King Philippe last September, the link from Simonis to Upper Jette has been hailed a success by the Stib, with 300,000 users per month.

"Before then, there was only a bus service," said a Brussels Mobility spokesperson. "We've had favourable feedback from users who are getting downtown much quicker."

Extension work at the northern end of the line begins on Monday, with an additional four stops due to be built by the end of 2021 and a new terminus at King Baudouin stadium. A second extension will follow at a later date, to Heysel.

"We realise there's a missing link here - a tram connection between two major metro stations: Simonis and King Baudouin," the Brussels Mobility spokesperson added.

"Traffic disruption will be limited because we are working in small sections and phases at a time. The construction is being carried out in the same way as when we made the first part of line 9.

"Even at the height of the works, there will be limited disturbance to traffic and it will always be possible to get around using local diversions."

Written by The Bulletin