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|Location||Square des martyrs du 18 août, Charleroi|
|Owned by||National Railway Company of Belgium|
|Line(s)||117, 118, 124, 130, 130A, 132, 130, 140|
The first railway connection to Charleroi is inaugurated in 1843, when the Belgian state railway company (Compagnie de l'État Belge) opens an indirect line from Brussels to Charleroi (via Braine-le-Comte), continuing to Namur.
In 1848 the Compagnie de l'Entre Sambre et Meuse to Walcourt and Morialmé opened, to support local extractive industries. In 1852 the Compagnie du Nord Belge opened to vastly connect Charleroi with its Northern French network, via Erquelinnes. In 1855 the Compagnie du Grand Central Belge to Ottignies also opened.
The opening of the current more direct line to Brussels, via Nivelles, took place in 1874. The current station building is inaugurated the same year. In 1949 the line to Brussels was electrified, making the second railway line in Belgium to be electrified after the Brussels to Antwerp line in 1935.
In June 2011 after seven years of work, the renovated station was inaugurated. Renovation included the exterior of the 1874 building, the interior (including a new shopping gallery), tunnels, as well as the square in front of the station.
The station was served by a daily Thalys high speed service to Paris between 1998 and 31 March 2015.
The station is served by the following services:
- Intercity services (IC-05) Antwerp - Mechelen - Brussels - Nivelles - Charleroi (weekdays)
- Intercity services (IC-19) Lille - Tournai - Saint-Ghislain - Mons - Charleroi - Namur
- Intercity services (IC-24) Charleroi - Walcourt - Mariembourg - Couvin
- Intercity services (IC-25) Mons - Charleroi - Namur - Huy - Liege (weekdays)
- Intercity services (IC-25) Mouscron - Tournai - Saint-Ghislain - Mons - Charleroi - Namur - Huy - Liege - Liers (weekends)
- Intercity services (IC-27) Brussels Airport - Brussels-Luxembourg - Nivelles - Charleroi (weekdays)
- Intercity services (IC-31) Antwerp - Mechelen - Brussels - Nivelles - Charleroi (weekends)
- Local services (L-06) Luttre - Manage - La Louvière - Charleroi (weekdays)
- Local services (L-06) Manage - La Louvière - Charleroi (weekends)
- Local services (L-06A) Manage - Luttre - Charleroi (weekends)
- Local services (L-07) Erquelinnes - Lobbes - Charleroi
- Local services (L-14) Ottignies - Fleurus - Charleroi - Tamines - Namur - Jambes
In addition to the above services, additional peak time trains are scheduled on weekdays (mornings and end of afternoons).
|Opened||21 June 1976|
The Charleroi-South pre-metro station, simply known as South (French: Sud) on network maps, was opened in 1976. Along with Vilette, Sud was the first station to enter service on the Charleroi pre-metro.
Located at street level, Sud was a dead-end station until the opening of the last section of the central loop of the Charleroi metro, on February 27, 2012. The station features a balloon loop from the times it was a terminus, allowing vehicles entering it from the west to reverse, it is unused from the times the central loop was completed.
- Didier Albin, "La nouvelle gare de Charleroi sera inaugurée ce week-end", Le Soir, Brussels, 23 June 2011.
- Article about final Thalys to Ostend