Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station

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Gent-Sint-Pieters
SNCB logo.svg Railway Station
Sint-Pietersstation.jpg
Location Koningin Maria Hendrikaplein, Ghent
Coordinates 51°02′07″N 3°42′35″E / 51.03528°N 3.70972°E / 51.03528; 3.70972Coordinates: 51°02′07″N 3°42′35″E / 51.03528°N 3.70972°E / 51.03528; 3.70972
Owned by National Railway Company of Belgium
Line(s) 50, 50A, 58, 59, 75
Platforms 12
Other information
Station code GSTP
History
Opened 1912

Gent-Sint-Pieters is the main railway station in Ghent and – depending upon the measure used – the second or third busiest railway station in Belgium. Its NMBS/SNCB internal code is FGSP.

History[edit]

Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station with the glass canopy.

The origins of the railway station is a small station on the line Ghent-Ostend in 1881. At that time the main railway station of Ghent was the South railway station built in 1837. At the occasion of the 1913 world exhibition in Ghent, a new Sint-Pieters railway station was built. It was designed by architect Louis Cloquet and finished in 1912 just before the World Exhibition.

The station is built in an eclectic style with a long corridor dividing the building in its length which provides access to diverse facilities. A tunnel (designed by ir. P. Grondy) starting from the entrance hall provides access to the 12 platforms. This gives the station its cross-form design. The original waiting rooms for second and third class now serve as a buffet and restaurant.

The station was classified in 1995. In 1996 the station was renovated, with the renovation of the interior of the western wing completed in 1998.

In the middle of 2007 the project entered a new phase to make the station more customer-oriented.[clarification needed] The work is planned to be completed by 2022. This eventually will lead to the removal of several period features that are not part of the classified main building, like the platform canopies, waiting rooms, and the tunnel by P. Grondy.

In 2007, the tower at the entrance of the station has been renovated. In 2008 a new glass canopy was placed at the main entrance. In 2010, the murals of the main entrance hall have been renovated.

The station was served by a daily Thalys high speed service to Paris between 1998 and 31 March 2015.[1]

Train services[edit]

The station is served by the following services:

  • Intercity services (IC-01) Ostend - Bruges - Ghent - Brussels - Leuven - Liege - Eupen
  • Intercity services (IC-02) Ostend - Bruges - Ghent - Sint-Niklaas - Antwerpen
  • Intercity services (IC-03) Knokke/Blankenberge - Bruges - Ghent - Brussels - Leuven - Genk
  • Intercity services (IC-04) Lille/Poperinge - Kortrijk - Ghent - Sint-Niklaas - Antwerp
  • Intercity services (IC-12) Kortrijk - Ghent - Brussels - Leuven - Liege - Welkenraedt (weekdays)
  • Intercity services (IC-12) Kortrijk - Ghent (weekends)
  • Intercity services (IC-23A) Bruges - Ghent - Brussels - Brussels Airport
  • Intercity services (IC-28) Ghent - Sint-Niklaas - Antwerp (weekdays)
  • Local services (L-02) Zeebrugge - Bruges - Ghent - Dendermonde - Mechelen (weekdays)
  • Local services (L-02) Zeebrugge - Bruges - Ghent (weekends)
  • Local services (L-05) Eeklo - Ghent - Oudenaarde - Ronse
  • Local services (L-05) Eeklo - Ghent - Oudenaarde - Kortrijk (weekdays)
  • Local services (L-25) Ghent - Zottegem - Geraardsbergen
  • Local services (L-28) Ghent - Dendermonde - Mechelen (weekends)
Preceding station   NMBS   Following station
toward Oostende
IC 01
toward Eupen
toward Oostende
IC 02
toward Blankenberge and Knokke
IC 03
toward Genk
toward Lille and Poperinge
IC 04
From Monday to Friday, except holidays
toward Kortrijk
IC 12
From Monday to Friday, except holidays
toward Welkenraedt
On weekends and holidays
toward Kortrijk
Terminus
toward Brugge
IC 23A
Terminus IC 28
From Monday to Friday, except holidays
SNCB-NMBS L
From Monday to Friday, except holidays
toward Mechelen
On weekends and holidays
Terminus
From Monday to Friday, except holidays
toward Eeklo
SNCB-NMBS L
From Monday to Friday, except holidays
toward Ronse and Kortrijk
On weekends and holidays
toward Ronse
Terminus SNCB-NMBS L
Terminus SNCB-NMBS L
weekends
toward Mechelen

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