New Brussels tram line 10 to Military Hospital from September

The Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB will start operating the new tram line 10 from Churchill to the Military Hospital on 23 September.

The new line should mainly increase the accessibility of Neder-Over-Heembeek, a borough of the city of Brussels. Residents of that borough currently must do a lot to get to the center of Brussels, but that should change.

10 new stops

Tram line 10 runs from Churchill in Uccle to the Military Hospital in Neder-Over-Heembeek. The tram will pass several important stations and places in Brussels, including the North Station, Rogier, De Brouckère, South/Midi Station, and Albert.

The tram line will have a total of 10 new stops, including two stops named after women: Simone Veil and Marguerite Yourcenar. A connection between the Military Hospital and Rogier should take about 30 minutes.

Potential of between 1,600 and 2,400 passengers per hour

Neder-Over-Heembeek is expected to have a quarter more inhabitants by 2035, accounting for 32% more pupils than in 2018 and 36% more jobs in the municipality. This also means about 13,200 new residents in the area, or plus-minus 30,000 extra daily trips.

According to MIVB/STIB, the approximately nine-km-long new Line 10 should provide “a direct, fast, comfortable and high-capacity connection to support these developments and meet the increased mobility needs of Brussels residents.” During peak hours, the tram line should have a potential capacity of between 1,600 and 2,400 passengers per hour.

Rearrangement of network

Due to the taking in service of tram line 10, part of the MIVB/STIB network will also have to be rearranged. Thus, line 3 will be merged with the new tramline, and the part of it that will not be joined to tram 10 will be taken over by the new tram line 35 between Esplanade and Weldoeners in the future – which should result in a 70% increase in capacity between van Praet and Meiser stops.

Introducing a temporary terminus at Weldoenersplein/Place des Bienfaiteurs in Schaerbeek should also ensure the survival of tram line 25.

Bus plan also undergoes drastic changes

The bus plan will also undergo drastic changes. Bus line 47 between Heembeek and Vilvoorde Station will be merged with the new line 47, which will take over the route of the current bus 57 between Neder-Over-Heembeek and North Station, which tram line 10 also serves.

Tram 62 between Eurocontrol and Jette Cemetery will run until the Heysel stop from July onward. Further modifications to tram lines 9 and 19 will follow from July.

To properly frame all these changes, MIVB/STIB will deploy a comprehensive guidance plan and will be present in the stations to inform travelers.

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