Liège gets combined train-bus City Pass
Belgian railway company SNCB/NMBS and the Walloon bus company TEC, have introduced the City Pass, an integrated seasonal ticket enabling travellers to combine trains and buses within the Liège agglomeration. It’s a formula that cost 45 to 50% less than individual train and bus subscriptions, said Thursday François Bellot, Federal Minister for Mobility.
Reduce mobility problems
This City Pass, which replaces the Next+ train, aims to reduce mobility problems encountered in the Liège agglomeration, knowing that it is the most congested in Wallonia and third in Belgium after Brussels and Antwerp. The City Pass allows passengers to travel in a wider area, including the bus line serving Bierset airport, the stations of Ans and soon Chaudfontaine.
“The validity zone of the City Pass, which corresponds to the congestion zone of the agglomeration of Liège, includes the TEC zones of the centre of Liège and the neighbouring municipalities as well as 22 SNCB stations”, said Minister Bellot. “The monthly subscription rate is 50 euro for people aged 25 and over and 25 euro for those under 25.”
“The complementarity between the train and bus networks will be accompanied by car park relays at Ans and Angleur but also as part of the Seraing and Flémalle masters plans”, said Sophie Dutordoir, CEO of SNCB.
According to Stéphane Their, marketing director at the TEC, some 2.000 subscribers could switch to this new formula. This City Pass is already available via the various sales channels of SNCB and TEC. A 24-hour City Pass, at a price of 6 euro, will be put into service in the same area next September.
After Antwerp, Charleroi and now Liège, a similar pass will soon be introduced in Ghent.