The pedestrian tunnel from Brussels' Schaerbeek train station to the Docks shopping centre, which was supposed to open in November 2022, will definitely open before the summer, SNCB has announced. Pedestrians will be able to cut their walking route in half.
SNCB had already included the pedestrian tunnel in its multi-year investment plan 2018-2022 as the logical follow-up to the opening of the Docks shopping centre in 2016, but the construction (and opening) were delayed several times.
As the works took longer than expected, the opening date was pushed to spring 2023, SNCB spokesperson Dimitri Temmerman told Bruzz. He added that delays are not unusual with works of this magnitude and assured that workers are busy with the "completion phase."
- Docks Bruxsel aims for 7 million visitors in 2022
- Train passengers can now buy fresh produce directly in Schaerbeek train station
The tunnel will leave right under the platforms of Schaerbeek station and emerge directly at Docks. Now, anyone wanting to reach Docks or other destinations on the other side of the railway on foot from the station area still has to detour along the busy Avenue Van Praet.
However, people regularly chose the dangerous route from Schaerbeek station to Docks and simply crossed the train tracks instead of taking the detour, because they could see the shopping complex from the platforms.