Leuven railway station

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Leuven
SNCB logo.svg Railway Station
Treinstation NMBS.jpg
LocationMartelarenplein, 3000 Leuven
Coordinates 50°52′53″N4°42′57″E / 50.8814°N 4.7157°E / 50.8814; 4.7157 Coordinates: 50°52′53″N4°42′57″E / 50.8814°N 4.7157°E / 50.8814; 4.7157
Owned by National Railway Company of Belgium
History
Opened22 September 1837

Leuven is the main railway station in the Belgian city of Leuven, in Flemish Brabant. The station is operated by the national railway company NMBS and is located on railway line 36.

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In 2007 it was the fifth busiest station in Belgium, only preceded by the three main Brussels stations and Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station.

The station recently underwent extensive and costly renovations lasting several years. The station square houses a major bus terminal as well as extensive bicycle parking and car parking. The station includes a tunnel which passes underneath the station for pedestrians as well as an overhead bridge with elevators. The station is fully accessible for wheelchairs.

While a high-speed line passes through the station, Leuven is not a stop on any high-speed route. Current expansion is limited because the Leuven station has reached the maximum set of rail and platforms possible, meaning any further expansion would require building an underground segment.

The station is noted for a high occurrence of suicides and accidental death, much higher than the national average.[ citation needed ]

Train services

The station is served by the following services:

Preceding station  NMBS/SNCB  Following station
toward  Oostende
IC 01
toward  Eupen
toward  Blankenberge and Knokke
IC 03
toward  Genk
IC 08
toward  Hasselt
Terminus IC 09
weekdays
toward  Kortrijk
IC 12
weekdays
toward  Welkenraedt
toward  Quiévrain
IC 14
weekdays
IC 21
weekdays
Terminus
toward  De Panne
IC 29
toward  Landen
Terminus L 03
weekdays
toward  Hasselt
Monday to Friday
toward  Sint-Niklaas
L 20 Terminus
Weekends
toward  Mechelen
Terminus L 23
toward  Braine-le-Comte
S 2 Terminus
toward  Braine-l'Alleud
S 9
weekdays
Terminus
Terminus S 20
toward  Ottignies

Accidents and incidents

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References

  1. Morley, Nicole. "One dead and dozens injured as train derails outside station in Belgium". Metro. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  2. "Trein ontspoord in Leuven: 1 dode en 19 lichtgewonden" [Train derailed in Leuve: 1 dead and 19 lightly wounded] (in Dutch). De Redactie. Retrieved 18 February 2017.