Brussels welcomes new M7 subway carriages
After months of test-riding, the Brussels public transport company, MIVB/STIB, has finally introduced the new M7 subway carriage. Since September 2020, the company has organized test rides without any passengers on board. Now, passengers are welcome, and the new carriage will be used on line one between the west station and Stokkel.
In July, four additional M7 carriages will be put into use, and the new vehicles will be scheduled on line one as of September 2021. The new carriages have a modern and comfortable interior. In addition, they offer multifunctional spaces for people with reduced mobility, baby buggies, and bicycles.
Safety has improved, and a strong ventilation system guarantees more fresh air in the traveler’s compartments. In addition, LED lighting above the doors indicates which doors will open, and the doors will close automatically.
“Brussels will keep on investing in public transport,” said Brussels Minister of Mobility Elke Van den Brandt (Groen). “With the new M7 subway carriages, we increase capacity and comfort. It’s a huge step forwards for Brussels’ mobility.”
The new carriages will offer travelers more comfort, especially during rush hours. They will represent 3 000 additional seats per hour and direction on lines two and six. Later, the new vehicles will also be used to connect Albert and Bordet.
The frequency will be every three minutes and can even go up to 2h30 during rush hours. Thanks to the new carriages, the capacity of the Brussels subway network will finally increase to 8 000 seats per hour and direction.
MIVB/STIB ordered 43 new M7 carriages that will be delivered gradually in the coming twelve years. The first 22 vehicles will be operational by the fourth quarter of 2022.