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SNCB to open new train station in Anderlecht

A GEN trains passes workers putting finishing touches to a new train line (BELA PHOTO)
11:03 20/11/2020

The SNCB is putting the finishing touches to a new suburban train stop in Anderlecht which will open on 13 December, near the La Roue district.

The last time a new S-train station was opened in Brussels was in 2016 when two stops were added to the S20 line from Ottignies to Leuven at Arcades and Germoir.

The new station at Anderlecht will feature on the S3 line from Zottegem to Dendermonde, located close to the Ceria/Coovi metro station and close to the Brussels ring. There is also a transfer car park nearby. The station is located on the train viaduct above the Chaussée de Mons and connects to the La Roue district and the Coovi campus. There is a long slope so that cyclists can also use the train line but there is no lift.

The new stop has been part of the SNCB's investment plan since 2013. Two extra tracks have been laid so that fast trains can pass through while the slower S train can stop at the new platforms. There will be one train an hour until 2023 when the service will be expanded to two trains per hour.

The S3 will now also run between Zottegem and Schaerbeek during the weekend, with stops in Anderlecht, Brussels-Midi, Brussels-Central and Brussels-North.

The new stop is part of the SNCB’s new transport plan which was approved in April this year. In addition to the extra station, line S4 will be extended. The train, which runs between Aalst and Vilvoorde, via Jette, Brussels-Schuman, Etterbeek and Merode, will continue on to Mechelen on weekdays from 14 December.

A new IC train also runs on weekdays between Kortrijk, Brussels and Schaerbeek.

Written by Nick Amies