Maalbeek metro station

Brussels Metro Logo.svg Maalbeek
MetroBrussel Maalbeek.jpg
Coordinates
50°50′38″N 4°22′37″ECoordinates: 50°50′38″N 4°22′37″E
Owned by
STIB/MIVB
Services
Preceding station
Brussels Metro
Following station
Arts-Loi/Kunst-Wet
toward Gare de l’Ouest/Weststation
Line 1
Schuman
toward Stockel/Stokkel
Arts-Loi/Kunst-Wet
toward Erasme/Erasmus
Line 5
Schuman
toward Herrmann-Debroux

Maalbeek station (Dutch: Maalbeek, French (ancient Dutch spelling): Maelbeek) is a Brussels metro station in the City of Brussels. The name of the station originates from a stream named Maalbeek.

It was inaugurated on 17 December 1969 as a premetro station (i.e., with tramways instead of metros), part of the first undergroundpublic transport route in Belgium, then going from De Brouckère to Schuman. In 1976, this premetro line was converted into a heavy metro line that was later split into two distinct lines in 1982: lines 1A and 1B, both of which serve Maelbeek/Maalbeek. As from 4 April 2009 the lines were reorganised and renumbered 1 and 5.

2016 terrorist attack

On 22 March 2016 there was reportedly a terrorist attack at the metro station. The Flemish radio and television organisation VRT officially reported 15 people were killed at the metro station, as well as 55 injuries. [1][2]

Location

The station is located under the “Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat” and one of its exit leads to this well-known street, with a side entrance leading to “Rue Joseph II/Jozef II Straat”. The other exit leads to the “Chaussée d’Etterbeek/Etterbeekse steenweg”. It is located under the bridge carrying the Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat. Close nearby (also on Chaussée d’Etterbeek/Etterbeekse steenweg) is an entrance leading to the SNCB/NMBS (heavy rail) southbound platforms of Schuman railway stations; this entrance is located under the railway bridge with stairs up to the platforms.

Nearby locations

References

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