Gare de l'Ouest
|Owned by||National Railway Company of Belgium|
Brussels-West station is a multimodal transport hub located in the municipality of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean. The station was initially opened in 1872 on the western orbital railroad of Brussels, line 28. It used to be an extensive goods yard, with the station building located close to the current location of Beekkant metro station. After closure of the goods yard, the platforms were moved south. The station was closed for passengers in 1984, but reopened in December 2009 in the framework of the Brussels RER project.
From 1982 the station was also served by the line 1B of the Brussels Metro. With the completion of the loop of the line 2 and the reorganisation of the Brussels metro network in April 2009, all Brussels metro lines now serve the station. The station also connects with tram and bus, and the new Jacques Brel bus and metro depot has been built very near to it.
Since its rebuilding in 2009, the West station is becoming a main multimodal transport hub in western Brussels which will gain importance in the framework of the Brussels RER development.
On the rail network, the station is called Brussel-West in Dutch and Bruxelles-Ouest in French. At this moment, it is served on weekdays only, with two hourly trains to Dendermonde, one of which continues to Brussels-South.
|CR||Dendermonde - Brussels-South||hourly|
|CR||Brussels-West - Dendermonde||hourly|
On the metro network, the station is called Gare de l'Ouest in French and Weststation in Dutch. It is served by all metro lines (1-5 and 2-6) . Changing between the two metro lines (1/5 and 2/6) is however very cumbersome, requiring passengers to go up the escalator, leave the fare controlled area, cross the main railway line, and down through a fare gate again. This change is better done at the next station, Beekkant.
Brussels tram lines (STIB/MIVB)
- Line 86 Machtens - Central station
- 126 North Station - Ninove (Express)
- 127 North Station - Ninove
- 128 North station - Ninove
- 129 North Station - Dilbeek Zuurweide
- 620 Brussels Airport - Erasme Hospital
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