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The Modernization of Brussels, Belgium's De Brouckère Me...

The Modernization of Brussels, Belgium's De Brouckère Metro Station

The center of Brussels, Belgium will not look the same in several years; that much is certain. The project to make the city more pedestrian friendly will, without a doubt, revolutionize the main boulevards. But other work will also shake up the center, like, for example, the renovation of the De Brouckère metro station, which

The center of Brussels, Belgium will not look the same in several years; that much is certain. The project to make the city more pedestrian friendly will, without a doubt, revolutionize the main boulevards. But other work will also shake up the center, like, for example, the renovation of the De Brouckère metro station, which has just received the green light from the City of Brussels.

De Brouckère is the station where one gets off to go see entertainment for the New Year on Dec. 31, both pyrotechnic shows and other spectacles. It is a strategic point in the STIB metro network, but it is also a somber and rather outdated stop.

De Brouckère Metro Station, Brussels, Belgium. Platform seen from above. Outdated decor, concrete poles and benches in center. Metro train zooming by on the left

The station will be entirely remodeled over the next few years. The work will start with the installation of a dozen skylights. These will bring some natural light to the ticketing room and the platforms during the day as well as some light to the sidewalks above when night falls.

Brussels Metro Platform, photo indicates lack of natural light by trains

Bathrooms will be installed, automatically controlled turnstiles added, and new stores will open their doors within the station. The stairs, escalators, and elevators will be replaced, with special attention given to the needs of those people with reduced mobility.

The entire project is expected to cost 8 million euros and has been given the go-ahead by the consultation commission of the City of Brussels. The only concern is the timing of the work. The construction cannot be done at the same time as the renovation of the Centre Monnaie or of nearby pedestrian areas. The folder has now been sent to the region, who will give out the urban planning permit for the soon-to-be-updated station.

How is your city working to bring modern design to outdated public transportation facilities? How is your city dealing with modernization?

Original article, originally published in French, here.

Credits: Images and data linked to sources.

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Katelyn Hewett recently graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French. During her time at St. Olaf, she enjoyed playing the French Horn in the St. Olaf Band, working as a teaching assistant for first-year...

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