Brussels-North railway station

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Brussels-North
SNCB logo.svg Railway Station
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Station statistics
Address 76 rue du Progrès, 1030 Schaerbeek
76 Vooruitgangstraat, Schaarbeek
Coordinates 50°51′36″N 4°21′42″E / 50.86000°N 4.36167°E / 50.86000; 4.36167Coordinates: 50°51′36″N 4°21′42″E / 50.86000°N 4.36167°E / 50.86000; 4.36167
Line(s) 0, 25, 27, 36, 50, 161
Connections
  Line 3
  Line 4
Platforms 12
Other information
Opened 1952
Station code FBN
Owned by National Railway Company of Belgium
Brussels Premetro North-South Axis
Gare du Nord/Noordstation
Rogier
De Brouckère
Bourse/Beurs
Anneessens
Lemonnier
Gare du Midi/Zuidstation
Porte de Hal/ Hallepoort
Parvis de Saint-Gilles/ Sint-Gillis Voorplein
Horta
Albert

Bruxelles-Nord / Brussel-Noord (Brussels North) is one of the three major railway stations in Brussels; the other two are Brussels Central and Brussels South. The station's bilingual French-Dutch name is generally translated to "Brussels North".

Every regular domestic and international train (except Thalys and the weekdays IC-B to Amsterdam) passing here also has a planned stop.

Brussels North also is the end point of the underground tram north-south axis and an important node of MIVB/STIB and De Lijn bus lines. More than 30 regional bus lines depart from here, as do international Eurolines coach services.

The station has 200,000 passengers per week, mainly commuters. It opens up to the Noordruimte/Espace Nord business district and is a starting place for inner-city visits.

Just like the other bigger stations in Brussels, Brussels-North is characterized by late maintenance and old-fashioned design. Meanwhile, there are plans to renovate the building, platforms and pedestrian subways. These long-due works should start at the end of 2008, when the renovation of Brussels-Central will be finished.

The station is located in the municipality of Schaerbeek in Brussels, in the middle of the Northern Quarter business district, with several corporation headquarters such as Belgacom Towers, Rogier Tower and others, government offices and Flemish ministries.

Just next to the station is Aarschot Street, an area of prostitution "behind windows".[1]

History[edit]

The first station in Brussels was Groendreef / Allée Verte, where in 1835 the first train on a public railway departed on the European continent. This was replaced in March 1846 by the first Brussels-North station, designed by F. Coppens and situated on Rogier Place. It had 27 tracks.

In 1952 a new Brussels-North station was built to link with the North-South Connection. The old station was razed in 1955.


A panorama of the premetro station, left is the platform towards the north, the far right platform to the south.


Rail lines[edit]

Brussels North has 12 platforms. These passenger lines join in the station:

Few trains originate from Brussels North. Instead, most trains through Brussels depart from Brussel South, some from Schaarbeek.

High-speed rail lines[edit]

Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
ICE 79
Preceding station   NMBS/SNCB   Following station
toward Oostende
IC A
toward Eupen
IC O
Only during weekdays except holidays
toward Visé

International rail lines[edit]

Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
ICE 79
Preceding station   EuroCity   Following station
Vauban
toward Chur
Iris
toward Zürich Hbf

Main national rail lines[edit]

Preceding station   NMBS/SNCB   Following station
toward Oostende
IC A
toward Eupen
toward Blankenberge and Knokke
IC E
Only from monday to friday, except holidays
toward Tongeren
On weekends and holidays
toward Liège and Genk
toward Quievrain
IC F
toward Mouscron
IC H
Terminus
IC I
IC J
IC "des Ardennes" & Luxembourg
toward Luxembourg
IC K
toward Genk
IC M
toward Dinant and Liers
IC N
toward Essen
IC O
toward Visé
IC R
toward Turnhout
toward Nivelles
IR b
toward Courtrai and Grammont
IR d
IR h
From monday to friday, except holidays
toward De Panne
IR i
From monday to friday, except holidays
toward Mechelen
On weekends and holidays
toward De Panne
Terminus
toward Quevy
IR j
Terminus
toward Binche
IR l
IR n
IR o
toward Leuven

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