April 2017: Heysel will become the country’s largest public transport hub

No fewer than 9 public transport lines (STIB [Brussels Transport] and De Lijn [Flanders Transport]) already serve the Heysel. 

This exceptional offer will be reorganized and interconnected in keeping with the NEO project. The STIB project is intended to create a real multimodal hub. 

STIB has filed an application for a permit to extend tram lines 3, 7 and 9 to the heart of the Heysel Plateau. This project consists not only of laying new tram tracks but also of a complete redevelopment of the public space of the Place de Belgique and the Avenue Miramar and Avenue Impératrice Charlotte.

The general development principles are based on creating structuring spaces with ample attention paid to soft mobility (pedestrians, people with reduced mobility, cyclists) and extensive public transport, with the final stops of lines 3, 7 and 9 in the immediate vicinity of the Heysel metro station and a new stop dedicated to ING Arena.

As soon as the planning permit is received, the STIB will start the work, which will be carried out in several phases to limit disruptions and allow activities to continue on the Brussels Expo site.

STIB is currently continuing work on the new line 9, which will provisionally end at the Avenue Houba de Strooper.

This line will eventually link the Simonis station to Heysel via the UZ Jette campus, the Avenue de l’arbre Ballon and the Cité Modèle [Model City]. 

There are also plans to connect Parking C to the Heysel metro station via an urban cable car in a more distant future, so that commuters can use the car park and continue on their way through Brussels via the many public transport lines.