New maintenance plans for MIVB network
Brussels public transport authority MIVB is considering five candidates for a new contract for the maintenance of the network’s escalators. The contract lasts five years and involves two parts: €5.2 million for the 284 escalators manufactured by Otis and ThyssenKrupp, and €2.3 million for the 289 escalators by CNIM, which are substantially newer. The escalators in the Brussels metro suffer from the heavy use by passengers but also from an average of 200 cases of sabotage a day – usually by pranksters setting off the emergency brake.
Meanwhile Brussels mobility minister Brigitte Grouwels announced that the region had approved studies carried out into the construction of a new underground maintenance yard for the metro at Erasmus in Anderlecht, as well as a thorough makeover for the existing yard at Delta in Oudergem. The changes are part of the plan to automate metro lines 1 and 5, which will lead to more rolling stock and more frequent services.
The Erasmus yard will cost an estimated €73 million, with the Delta renovation adding €12 million to the bill, Grouwels said. A possible public-private partnership for financing is being investigated.