Wednesday, 03 December 2014
Last Wednesday, the De Brouckère underground station redevelopment project was unanimously approved by the Brussels City Consultative Committee. Among other things, it will allow natural light onto the platforms. This station is key in the Brussels underground network, as it intersects with tram lines 3 and 4, and with tube lines 1 and 5. It will be completely revamped in the coming years. On Wednesday, the Consultative Committee agreed to: reorganise the ticket hall, allow natural light underground, install public toilets and access control gates, reorganise shopping areas, improve passenger flow (on stairs, escalators and elevators) and allow better access to people with disabilities.
Brussels City Deputy Alderman for Town Planning Geoffroy Coomans de Brachène highlighted that the Consultative Committee had only commented on one issue: the need to coordinate with other redevelopment projects, planned in the same area – namely the Centre Monnaie redevelopment project and the Place de Brouckère pedestrianisation project. Cabinet ministers pointed out that “the main concern is to ensure that all these projects are not carried out at the same time”.
Further to approval, this project will then be referred to the competent authority to issue planning permission: Brussels-Capital Region.
The estimated cost of works is 8 million euros.