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    STIB lines to be disrupted during Grand Départ

    Party leaders agreed to expand Brussels' metro and tram lines during the first day of "real" negotiations for the formation of a regional government. Credit: STIB

    In preparation for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France taking place on 6 July, STIB is adding more services and diverting some tram and bus lines.

    On Saturday 6 July and Sunday 7 July, metro lines 1 and 5 and line 6, serving Heyselvlakte, will have more rides to accommodate visitors.

    Tram lines 7, 8, 9, 19, 25, 39-44, 51, 62, 81, 82, 92 and 93 will increase the number of trips taken during the weekend.

    Starting on 4 July, teams competing in the Tour de France will arrive in Brussels and will be presented at the city centre. This will disrupt 10 bus lines (29, 38, 47, 53, 63, 65, 66, 71, 86, and 88) and 2 tram lines (92 and 93). They will be diverted or limited, especially in the afternoon.

    On Friday 5 July, 7 bus lines (27, 38, 53, 54, 71, 95, and N11), will be diverted or reduce the number of trips taken.

    On 6 July, from the beginning of service until 14:00, 21 bus lines (13, 14, 20, 27, 29, 33, 38, 46, 49, 53, 54, 63, 65, 66, 71, 75, 86, 87, 88, 89 and 95) will be affected. Lines 33 and 86 will not be in service.

    On Sunday 7 July, six bus lines (38, 53, 54, 58, 71, and 72) will have all-day disruptions. Line 72 will not be in service. Until 8 pm, 17 bus lines will be affected (17, 21, 27, 28, 29, 34, 36, 41, 59, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 79, 80, and 95). Line 27 will also not be in service.

    6 tram lines will also be affected on Sunday (7, 8, 25, 62, 81 and 92). There will be no trams between the Buyl and Van Praet stops on line 7, or between the Legrand and Tram Museum stops on line 8. The section between Louiza and Legrand will be served by line 93. Buses 21, 28, 79, and 80 will be limited to Tomberg station.

    STIB will be free during the Grand Départ on both Saturday and Sunday.

    Sam Nelson
    The Brussels Times