No new train stop at industrial park Haasrode
Although the Louvain city council and the Flemish entrepreneur organization, VOKA, have urged for years to get an additional station at the industrial park of Haasrode on the Louvain-Tienen line, where some 100.000 employees work, Belgian public railway company, NMBS/SNCB, has no plans in this respect.
François Bellot (MR), federal Minister for Mobility, said this in response to a parliamentary question. NMBS/SNCB spokesman, Bart Crols, confirms the latter.
Bellot refers to a feasibility study for a station at this location commissioned by NMBS/SNCB and Flemish public transport company, De Lijn, and a NMBS/SNCB analysis of the multi-modal accessibility.
These show that a station can only create a limited modal shift, that it would have a cannibalizing effect on other sustainable journeys, such as cycling and at the existing stop in Heverlee, that it does not meet the quality requirements of a multi-modal interchange and that it would be financially loss-making.
Accessibility from Louvain
“At the moment there is no question that we are working on a new train station at this location”, clarifies NMBS/SNCB spokesperson, Bart Crols. “We are convinced that the industrial park of Haasrode is easily accessible from the Louvain’s stations, both by train and by De Lijn’s buses.”
“However, in the context of a possible evolution of NMBS/SNCB’s national transport plan, we always review its potential”, Crols says. NMBS/SNCB revises its transport plan every three years.