Brussels-South railway station

Brussels-South Railway Station

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/ (, IATA code: ZYR) is the biggest railway station in Brussels, capital of Belgium. The station's bilingual French-Dutch name is often shortened outside Belgium – for example, in the Thomas Cook European Rail Timetable — to the (tri-lingual) " /". The station is served by the / station on the Brussels Metro system. 1,000 trains pass every day between Brussels-South and Brussels-North railway stations.

The railway station

The railway station designed by Payen opened in 1869, though a former station known as Station des Bogards/Bogaardenstation existed since 1840 near the Place Rouppeplein in the southern part of the city. It was demolished 29 years later as it was already too small. In 1949 Payen's 1869 terminal station was itself demolished and replaced by a through station on the present site, a short distance south of the original one, as part of the North-South connection project. The station is surrounded by the Avenue Fonsny/Fonsnylaan in the East, the Rue de France/Frankrijkstraat in the West, the Rue Couverte/Bedektestraat in the North and the Rue des Vétérinaires/Veeartsenstraat in the South. In the 1990s, the Eurostar terminal was added on the Rue de France/Frankrijkstraat side. This contains two bay platforms with no onward northbound connection.

The metro and premetro station

The metro station, called Gare du Midi - Zuidstation, opened in 1988 as (at that time) the final stop of metro line 2 from Simonis. Line 2 has since been...
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