Charleroi-South railway station

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Charleroi-South
SNCB logo.svg Railway Station
Gare de Charleroi-Sud.jpg
Location 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
Owned by National Railway Company of Belgium
Line(s) 117, 118, 124, 130, 130A, 132, 130, 140
Platforms 12
History
Opened 1843 (1843)

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]

The station was served by a daily Thalys high speed service to Paris between 1998 and 31 March 2015.[2]

Train services[edit]

The station is served by the following services:

  • Intercity services (IC-05) Antwerp - Mechelen - Brussels - Nivelles - Charleroi (weekdays)
  • Intercity services (IC-19) Lille - Tournai - Saint-Ghislain - Mons - Charleroi - Namur
  • Intercity services (IC-24) Charleroi - Walcourt - Mariembourg - Couvin
  • Intercity services (IC-25) Mons - Charleroi - Namur - Huy - Liege (weekdays)
  • Intercity services (IC-25) Mouscron - Tournai - Saint-Ghislain - Mons - Charleroi - Namur - Huy - Liege - Liers (weekends)
  • Intercity services (IC-27) Brussels - Nivelles - Charleroi (weekdays)
  • Intercity services (IC-31) Antwerp - Mechelen - Brussels - Nivelles - Charleroi (weekends)
  • Local services (L-06) Luttre - Manage - La Louvière - Charleroi (weekdays)
  • Local services (L-06) Manage - La Louvière - Charleroi (weekends)
  • Local services (L-06A) Manage - Luttre - Charleroi (weekends)
  • Local services (L-07) Erquelinnes - Lobbes - Charleroi
  • Local services (L-14) Ottignies - Fleurus - Charleroi - Tamines - Namur - Jambes
Preceding station   NMBS/SNCB   Following station
IC 05
weekdays
Terminus
IC 19
toward Namur
toward Couvin
IC 24
weekdays
Terminus
toward Couvin
IC 24
weekends
Terminus
toward Mons
IC 25
weekdays
toward Mouscron
IC 25
weekends
toward Liers
IC 27
weekdays
Terminus
IC 31
weekends
Terminus
toward Luttre
SNCB-NMBS L
weekdays
Terminus
toward Manage
SNCB-NMBS L
weekends
Terminus
toward Manage
SNCB-NMBS L
weekends
Terminus
toward Erquelinnes
SNCB-NMBS L Terminus
toward Ottignies
SNCB-NMBS L
toward Jambes

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
Tracks 2
Construction
Platform levels 1
Parking Yes
History
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.

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