NMBS releases details of S-train express network
The long-awaited GEN network of rail connections, now known as S-trains, will launch in December, with faster connections between Brussels and other cities
Service from 13 December
The plan for the new “S-trains”, which comes into effect on 13 December, also includes two new stops, at Mouterij in Elsene and at Tour & Taxis in Laken. The Mouterij stop has been in place for several years, but has so far not seen any passengers. The Tour & Taxis stop is adjacent to Pannenhuis metro and hasn’t been used for 30 years. Because of the development of the Tour & Taxis site, including the arrival of Flemish government administration, the site is being reopened.
The new routes include express links to and from Brussels to other cities, including Louvain-La-Neuve, Mechelen, Leuven, Aalst and Dendermonde. They will correspond with MIVB transport where possible, said NMBS, but integration of tickets is not yet on the agenda. Travellers transferring from the Brussels metro to the S-train, for example, will have to pay for two tickets. But fare for the network can be loaded on the region’s Mobib card.
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