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New Brussels metros will be silver and black

16:46 05/12/2017

Stib has ordered 43 new metro trains, and the people of Brussels have decided that they’re going to be in a snazzy-looking silver. The transport authority held an online poll, and just over 50% voted for the silver style.

Some 7,455 people voted in the poll, with just under 50% choosing bronze. So silver it is, and they will be hitting the rails in 2019.

The metro trains are not going to be made as part of a standard design; the look was created by Belgian designer Axel Enthoven. They are being constructed by Spanish transport manufacturer CAF.

Some of the new metro trains will be part of the new metro line 3, while some will appear on other lines. Line 3 will run from Forest through Saint-Gilles, Brussels-City and Schaerbeek, ending at the existing Bordet train station in Evere.

New stations are planned in Schaerbeek and Evere. Works begin in 2019, and part of the line will be completed by 2021. The full project is expected to be finished by 2025.

It’s not the first time that Stib has put the design of transport to a public vote. Newer trams have leather rather than cloth seating thanks to its last poll.

Written by Lisa Bradshaw