51 of the 69 metro and pre-metro stations in Brussels will be open to passengers from Monday the 11th of April. This partial reopening will take place under high surveillance from a large number of police and military, STIB announced on Sunday.
The metro will run from 7am to 9pm, while the pre-metro will run at the start and end of service. Several metro stations have been shut since the attacks on the 22nd of March, which hit a track at the Maelbeek metro station. This weekend, authorities allowed STIB to reopen 12 more metro and pre-metro stations from Monday morning. These are the Etangs noirs, Sainte-Catherine, Parc et Demy (metro line 1/5), Heysel, Yser, Porte de Namur, Hôtel des Monnaies, Clémenceau (line 2/6), Lemonnier, Anneessens and Bourse (trams 3 and 4) stations.
18 stations will remain shut until further notice. The metro and pre-metro will go through them, but won’t stop. These are the following stations: Eddy Merckx, La Roue, Veeweyde, Aumale, Maelbeek, Thieffry, Hankar, Beaulieu, Joséphine-Charlotte, Gribaumont, Vandervelde (line1/5), Delacroix, Ossegem, Pannehuis, Houba Brugmann (line 2/6), and Parvis de Saint-Gilles (tram lines 3 and 4). The Boileau and Georges Henri stations will also remain closed.
The 51 stations that will open on Monday will only have 1 or 2 entrances open per station. The surface network (bus and trams) started its normal service the day after the attacks. Lines 12 and 22 have been going to the national airport since the 7th of April.
Andy Sanchez (Source: Belga)