Brussels Bourse pre-subway station renovated
On Thursday, the new pre-subway station, Bourse-Market Square (Beurs-Grote Markt), was officially inaugurated in the presence of Brussels Mobility Minister, Pascal Smet (sp.a), and Brussels Mayor, Philippe Close (PS).
Clean and safe
The old dirty station is transformed into a wide and open, underground street with a lot of light and space. Accessibility has improved and there is camera surveillance. A cleaning team will make sure the station remains spic-and-span.
“The station provides shelter for more than 800 bicycles and a special one for delivery bicycles”, explains Minister Smet. “We’re proud to say we even have the first Brussels’ ‘bicycle-wash’ to clean your bike.” A subscription for the guarded part of the bicycle shelter costs 30 euro.
Part of the subway station – about 500 square metre – will be dedicated to art. This cultural window, called Qartier, will provide a platform for Brussels artistic initiatives. The first three years, it will be managed by the culture house ‘Zinnema’ from Anderlecht.
A subtle but important detail is the new name of the station, which now is called ‘Beurs-Grote Markt’. “The new name links the station to our Unesco inheritance and that is extremely important for visitors”, concluded Mayor Close.