Friday, 17 May 2019
Transport company De Lijn has announced that its buses could resume service in Brussels’ Gare du Nord as early as this weekend, following the evacuation of hundreds of migrants and homeless people from the station that same day.
De Lijns announcement comes after the evacuation of hundreds of migrants and homeless people from the train station’s halls who had been living there for over a year.
“De Lijn is pleased that a structural solution has been found to the long-standing situation in Brussels Gare du Nord,” the company said in a statement.
The transport company had pulled its buses from the station in early May, complaining of deteriorated conditions and citing concerns about the possible spread of disease, despite the fact that medical nonprofits on the ground had the risk for it was very low.
On Tuesday, local authorities had warned the transport company that it risked a fine if it continued to skip its designated stops in the station, and choosing to stop elsewhere instead.
De Lijn stated that once it has received “the green light” from police authorities, it would do “everything in its power to resume operations in the station,” adding that it was “possible that this would be the case this weekend.”
Brussels transport operator STIB also announced its buses would return to their stops in the station from Saturday morning.
The company had followed in De Lijn’s footsteps, pulling its buses from the station and choosing instead to stop in other of its designated spots in the vicinity.
The Brussels Times