Two new stations join Brussels city rail network
As the opening of Schuman station is postponed, two new GEN network stations open in Brussels
Schuman opening postponed
Instead, federal mobility minister Jacqueline Galant, together with her Brussels counterpart Pascal Smet, were present for the opening of two other new stations: Mouterij in Elsene and Tour & Taxis in Molenbeek, adjacent to the Pannenhuis metro station. Both stations form part of the rail authority NMBS’s new urban S network, part of the planned Regional Express Network known as GEN.
Mouterij station, at Kroonlaan and Brouwerijstraat, was built in 2007 but never before used; the Tour & Taxis station, which is about a kilometre away from the Tour & Taxis site (and the MIVB stop of the same name) was built in 1983 and was used briefly for goods traffic before being closed in 1994.
The entire S-network will be fully operational once the Schuman tunnel is opened in April. The service will include direct links to Brussels Airport, Leuven, Mechelen and Liège.
Photo: Brussels mobility minister Pascal Smet (centre) and federal mobility minister Jacqueline Galant (right) attending the openings of Brussels’ two new train stations
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