Brussels-North busiest train station in Belgium
Last year the Brussels-North station was the busiest train station in Belgium, just like in 2017. According to the countings published by railway company NMBS/SNCB, on a weekday in October 62.344 passengers took the train. A sharp contrast with the municipality of Ham-sur-Sambre, where hardly eight passengers were counted.
Ghent, Antwerp and Leuven
Brussels-North is also the most dirty and unsafe station. The unions of public transport company, De Lijn, have even made an official announcement of a planned strike to force a breakthrough in the dossier.
Brussels’ main stations have been the most busiest of the country due to the number of commuters to and from the Belgian capital. The most crowded station outside Brussels is the one in Ghent (Gent-Sint-Pieters), with 56.189 passengers, followed by Antwerp-Central (36.823) and Leuven (33.932).
The most popular station in Wallonia is the one in Namur (21.793), before Ottignies (20.152). Other stations in the top ten are Mechelen (19.457) and Liège-Guillemins (17.843).
In the weekend the differences between the number of travellers are not that big. Most important stations have 20.000 to 25.000 passengers a day.
Remarkable figures are the ones of the station under Brussels Airport: while in 2009 some 5.400 travellers were counted, the number went up to 8.100 in 2017 and even to 9.403 last year. This means Zaventem station has moved up to the 15th place in the ranking of the most busy train stations.
The figures, though, have to be taken with a pinch of salt because they were made visually, so the margin of error could be considerably. NMBS/SNCB is only using those figures to detect trends in the long term.
Brussels tram’s 150th birthday
This year, the Brussels tram is celebrating its 150th birthday. The history of Brussels public tranport is much older, though. The first official demand for an omnibus service in the Belgian capital goes back to 1842.