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    National holiday: disturbances to the STIB network on Sunday

    Services will be impacted by celebrations throughout the national day. Credit: STIB

    The Brussels public transport company STIB has announced it will adapt its services on Sunday 21 July, during the Belgian National Day, according to a statement.

    Several tram and bus lines passing near the Royal Palace and Brussels Park will be diverted or interrupted. The tram lines concerned are 92 and 93, which will not run between Botanique and Louise. The impacted bus lines are numbers 27, 29, 34, 38, 54, 63, 64, 65, 66, 71, 80 and 95. The bus line 33 from Dansaert to Louise will not run.

    On the metro side, the Park station will be totally closed for the duration of the military parade (from 12:00 to 17:30) and may be closed at any other time of the day, if there is too much traffic,” said STIB. The line will otherwise not be impacted.

    Some entrances to the Central Station, Arts-Loi, Trône, Maelbeek and Schuman stations will also be closed at certain times of the day. In the event of strong winds during the fireworks, the Trône station could be closed in the evening. Finally, Maelbeek station will be inaccessible from 15:00 to 16:00.

    In order to allow the public to attend the fireworks display which will begin at 23:00, several lines will break tradition and run until 1:00 AM. These are the 4 metro lines (1-5 and 2-6), as well as tram lines 3, 4, 8, 19 (including shuttle buses), 32 and 92-93 (including shuttle buses).

    Jules Johnston
    The Brussels Times