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    After years of belt-tightening, De Lijn to expand its service

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    The Flemish public transport company, De Lijn, will expand and improve its service on the outskirts of Brussels to Ghent and Antwerp from 1 September. At the start of the current legislature, De Lijn had been obliged to make sizeable cutbacks on spending. That operation has now been completed, according to Flemish Mobility Minister Ben Weyts, who launched a new phase on Wednesday.

    De Lijn will receive a supplementary investment budget of 20 million euros, half of which will be earmarked for adding new links and increasing the service on existing lines.

    The lines on the outskirts of Brussels that are concerned by the expansion are those between Ninove and Brussels; Hal, Leeuw-Saint-Pierre and Brussels; Asse and Brussels; Wemmel and Brussels; and Leeuwen and Brussels.

    The quality and comfort of the company’s equipment will be improved.

    De Lijn recently ordered 781 new buses, 110 new trams and 14 tram-buses.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times