Leuven railway station

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Leuven
SNCB logo.svg Railway Station
Treinstation NMBS.jpg
Station statistics
Address Martelarenplein, 3000 Leuven
Coordinates 50°52′53″N 4°42′57″E / 50.8814°N 4.7157°E / 50.8814; 4.7157Coordinates: 50°52′53″N 4°42′57″E / 50.8814°N 4.7157°E / 50.8814; 4.7157
Other information
Opened 22 September 1837
Owned by National Railway Company of Belgium

Leuven is the main railway station in the Belgian city of Leuven, in Flemish Brabant. The station is operated by the national railway company NMBS and is located on railway line 36.

In 2007 it was the fifth busiest station in Belgium, only preceded by the three main Brussels stations and Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station.

The station is undergoing extensive and lengthy renovations with a semi-permanent building for the sale of tickets located in the centre of the Station square.

While a high-speed line passes through the station, Leuven is not a stop on any high-speed route.

The station square also houses a major bus terminalas well as extensive bicycle parking and car parking.

The station is noted for a high occurrence of suicides and accidental death, much higher than the national average.

Current expansion is limited because the Leuven station has reached the maximum set of rail and platforms possible, meaning any further expansion would require building an underground segment.

The station includes a tunnel which passes underneath the station for pedestrians as well as an overhead bridge with elevators.

The station is fully accessible for wheelchairs.

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