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Report - Antwerp Pre Metro, Belgium - November 2011

Discussion in 'European and International Sites' started by tweek, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. tweek

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    The Sleeping Pre Metro, Belgium - November 2011

    Visited with fishbrain and Oldskool.


    This was an unexpected addition to the itinerary to our recent Tour du Belgique. Illogical informed us that there was a possible green light on the Pre Metro, so we bit his hand off and took a look. At first it looked like we'd missed the boat on a non-abseil way in, but we went away and scratched our heads and made it back when Illogical was out of town.


    It was planned at the beginning of the 1970s to build a completely underground network with a length by 15 km and 22 stations. However, due to financial difficulties only 11 stations have been built.

    The first 1.3 km section opened on 25 May 1975 between Opera, Meir and Groenplaats. Further sections were opened in 1980, 1990, 1996 and 2006.



    In the original plan a route was proposed from the south-western suburbs via Opera and Astrid to then eastern suburbs. Some of this line was built but construction stopped in the 1980s due to lack of funds. Under the Pegasus plan (approved in 2004) several tram lines will be built to the eastern suburbs, using some of the tunnels abandoned in the 1980s, including stations at Opera, Astrid, Drink and Morkhoven.



    Thanks for viewing,


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    #1 tweek, Dec 4, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011

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