From Saturday to Monday next week, all train traffic will be interrupted between the Brussels-South and Brussels-North stations. The Brussels-Central station will not be served but will remain accessible to customers, announced the SNCB. Moreover, during this same long weekend, no metro will travel between Simonis and King Baudouin.
“Infrabel, the infrastructure manager, is carrying out major work between the Brussels-South and Brussels-North railway stations, which will enable the installation of a fully computerised signaling technology that will increase safety even further”, explains the SNCB on its website.
As a result, most of the trains that normally travel via Brussels-Central will be limited to Brussels-South or Brussels-North throughout the weekend of 1 May. “Every hour, there will be three trains between Brussels-South, Brussels-North and Brussels Airport – Zaventem, and the trains IC Ostend – Eupen and Genk – Knokke / Blankenberge will be diverted via Denderleeuw and Schaerbeek. Trains with the destinations Brussels-North and Brussels-South will be made available to customers”, says SNCB.
Travelers of the SNCB from the south station or the north station can use the STIB-MIVB network free of charge. Free tickets will be distributed to them at Brussels-North, Brussels-Central and Brussels-South stations on presentation of a valid SNCB ticket.
In addition, during the same weekend, the STIB-MIVB will carry out work to replace a switch at the Simonis station. The circulation of metros on line 6 will be interrupted between Simonis and Roi Baudouin stations from Saturday 29 April to and including Monday 1 May. Bus shuttles will link the two stations, “with the usual frequency”, says the Brussels public transport company. Maria Novak The Brussels Times