Brussels-Central railway station

Brussels-Central Railway Station

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Bruxelles-Central / Brussel-Centraal (Brussels Central) is a metro and railway station in Brussels, the capital city of Belgium. It is the busiest train station in Belgium and one of three principal train stations in Brussels, but handles primarily domestic traffic. (See: List of railway stations in Belgium) First completed in 1952 after protracted delays caused by economic difficulties and war, it is the newest of Brussels' main rail hubs.

History

For a long time Gare du Nord and Gare du Midi were the primary railway stations in Brussels (Brussels North slowly supplanted the original Allée Verte Station near the same site). However, they were linked only by an inadequate iron track that ran along the current inner ring road from 1841-1870. Many proposals were put forward to link the two stations, but it was not until just before the First World War that a law was passed mandating a direct connection. The Putterie district was razed to make way for the connection, and work was then halted by the war. Financial constraints limited work after the war, and in 1927 the government suspended the project altogether. In 1935 a new office dedicated to the project was set up and work resumed. The Central Station was planned as a hub in the connection. However, the Second World War slowed construction again. The interruptions and delays to construction left large areas filled with debris and craters for decades. The station was finally...
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