Charleroi-South railway station

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Charleroi-South
SNCB logo.svg Railway Station
Charleroi-sud.jpg
Station statistics
Address Square des martyrs du 18 août, Charleroi
Coordinates 50°24′17″N 4°26′19″E / 50.40472°N 4.43861°E / 50.40472; 4.43861Coordinates: 50°24′17″N 4°26′19″E / 50.40472°N 4.43861°E / 50.40472; 4.43861
Line(s) 117, 118, 124, 130, 130A, 132, 130, 140
Platforms 12
Other information
Opened 1843 (1843)
Owned by National Railway Company of Belgium

Charleroi-South (French: Charleroi-Sud) is the main railway station serving Charleroi, Belgium. Charleroi-South is also the main TEC bus station in Charleroi, and a station of the Charleroi metro.

History[edit]

Charleroi-South railway station early 1900s.
  • The first railway connection to Charleroi is inaugurated in 1843, when the Belgian state railway company (Compagnie de l'État Belge) opens an indirect line from Brussels to Charleroi (via Braine-le-Comte), continuing to Namur.
  • 1848: opening of a line by the Compagnie de l'Entre Sambre et Meuse to Walcourt and Morialmé, to support local extractive industries.
  • 1852: opening of a line by the Compagnie du Nord Belge to connect Charleroi with its Northern French network, via Erquelinnes.
  • 1855: opening of a line by the Compagnie du Grand Central Belge to Ottignies.
  • 1874: opening of the current more direct line to Brussels, via Nivelles. The current station building is inaugurated the same year.
  • June 2011: after seven years of work, the renovated station is inaugurated. Renovation includes the exterior of the 1874 building, the interior (including a new shopping gallery), tunnels, as well as the square in front of the station.[1]

Rail station[edit]

Preceding station Service type Following station Frequency
(weekdays)
Frequency
(weekends and holidays)
Namur
Toward Liège-Guillemins
Thalys Mons
Toward Paris-Nord
Once a day Once a day
La Louvière-South
Toward Lille-Flandres
IC D Tamines
Toward Herstal
1 per hour (see below)
Marchienne-au-Pont
Toward Lille-Flandres
IC D Châtelet
Toward Liège-Palais
(see above) 1 per hour
Terminus IC I Luttre
Toward Antwerp-Central
Via Brussels
1 per hour (see below)
Terminus IC I Marchienne-au-Pont
Toward Antwerp-Central
Via Brussels
(see above) 1 per hour
Terminus IC N Marchienne-au-Pont
Toward Essen
Via Brussels
1 per hour (no service)
Châtelet
Toward Jambes
IR k Marchienne-au-Pont
Toward Tournai
1 per hour (no service)
Terminus IR r Berzée
Toward Couvin
Approx. 1 per hour (no service)
Terminus Local (L) Marchienne-au-Pont
Toward Braine-le-Comte
1 per hour (no service)
Terminus Local (L) Marchienne-au-Pont
Toward La Louvière-South
(no service) 1 every 2 hours
Terminus Local (L) Marchienne-au-Pont
Toward Mons
1 per hour 1 every 2 hours
Charleroi-West
Toward Ottignies
Local (L) Couillet
Toward Tamines
1 per hour (no service)
Terminus Local (L) Charleroi-West
Toward Ottignies
(no service) 1 every 2 hours
Terminus Local (L) Châtelet
Toward Namur
(no service) 1 every 2 hours
Terminus Local (L) Marchienne-Zône
Toward Erquelinnes
Approx. 1 per hour 1 every 2 hours
Terminus Local (L) Jamioulx
Toward Couvin
Approx. 1 every 2 hours Approx. 1 every 2 hours

In addition to the above services, additional peak time trains are scheduled on weekdays (mornings and end of afternoons).

Metro station[edit]

Brussels Metro Logo.svg
Sud
Station statistics
Levels 1
Tracks 2
Parking Yes
Other information
Opened 21 June 1976
Services
Preceding station   Charleroi Metro   Following station
One-way operation
Line M1
toward Anderlues
One-way operation
Line M2
toward Anderlues
One-way operation
Line M4
toward Soleilmont

The Charleroi-South pre-metro station, simply known as South (French: Sud) on network maps, was opened in 1976. Along with Vilette, Sud was the first station to enter service on the Charleroi pre-metro. Located at street level, Sud was a dead-end station until the opening of the last section of the central loop of the Charleroi metro, on February 27, 2012.

Bus station[edit]

The Charleroi-South bus station is the main TEC bus transfer point in Charleroi. An express bus line (line A) serves the Brussels South Charleroi Airport.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Didier Albin, "La nouvelle gare de Charleroi sera inaugurée ce week-end", Le Soir, Brussels, 23 June 2011.

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