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Gent-Sint-Pieters is the main railway station in Ghent, Belgium, and the third-busiest in Belgium, with 17.65 million passengers a year.[1].

Gent-Sint-Pieters
SNCB logo.svg Railway Station
Sint-Pietersstation.jpg
LocationKoningin Maria Hendrikaplein, Ghent, Belgium
Coordinates51°02′07″N 3°42′35″E / 51.03528°N 3.70972°E / 51.03528; 3.70972Coordinates: 51°02′07″N 3°42′35″E / 51.03528°N 3.70972°E / 51.03528; 3.70972
Owned byNational Railway Company of Belgium
Line(s)50, 50A, 58, 59, 75
Platforms12
Other information
Station codeGSTP
History
Opened1912

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station with the glass canopy.

The origins of the railway station is a small station on the line Ghent-Ostend in 1881. At that time the main railway station of Ghent was the South railway station built in 1837. At the occasion of the 1913 world exhibition in Ghent, a new Sint-Pieters railway station was built. It was designed by architect Louis Cloquet and finished in 1912 just before the World Exhibition.

The station is built in an eclectic style with a long corridor dividing the building in its length which provides access to diverse facilities. A tunnel (designed by ir. P. Grondy) starting from the entrance hall provides access to the 12 platforms. This gives the station its cross-form design. The original waiting rooms for second and third class now serve as a buffet and restaurant.

The station was classified in 1995. In 1996 the station was renovated, with the renovation of the interior of the western wing completed in 1998.

In the middle of 2007 the project entered a new phase to make the station more customer-oriented.[clarification needed] The work is planned to be completed by 2022. This eventually will lead to the removal of several period features that are not part of the classified main building, like the platform canopies, waiting rooms, and the tunnel by P. Grondy.

In 2007, the tower at the entrance of the station has been renovated. In 2008 a new glass canopy was placed at the main entrance. In 2010, the murals of the main entrance hall have been renovated.

The station was served by a daily Thalys high speed service to Paris between 1998 and 31 March 2015.[2]

Train servicesEdit

The station is served by the following services:

  • Intercity services (IC-01) Ostend - Bruges - Ghent - Brussels - Leuven - Liege - Eupen
  • Intercity services (IC-02) Ostend - Bruges - Ghent - Sint-Niklaas - Antwerpen
  • Intercity services (IC-03) Knokke/Blankenberge - Bruges - Ghent - Brussels - Leuven - Genk
  • Intercity services (IC-04) Lille/Poperinge - Kortrijk - Ghent - Sint-Niklaas - Antwerpen
  • Intercity services (IC-12) Kortrijk - Ghent - Brussels - Leuven - Liege - Welkenraedt (weekdays)
  • Intercity services (IC-12) Kortrijk - Ghent (weekends)
  • Intercity services (IC-20) Ghent - Aalst - Brussels - Hasselt - Tongeren (weekdays)
  • Intercity services (IC-20) Ghent - Aalst - Brussels - Dendermonde - Lokeren (weekends)
  • Intercity services (IC-23A) Bruges - Ghent - Brussels - Brussels Airport
  • Intercity services (IC-28) Ghent - Sint-Niklaas - Antwerp (weekdays)
  • Local services (L-02) Zeebrugge - Bruges - Ghent - Dendermonde - Mechelen (weekdays)
  • Local services (L-02) Zeebrugge - Bruges - Ghent (weekends)
  • Local services (L-05) Eeklo - Ghent - Oudenaarde - Ronse
  • Local services (L-05) Eeklo - Ghent - Oudenaarde - Kortrijk (weekdays)
  • Local services (L-25) Ghent - Zottegem - Geraardsbergen
  • Local services (L-28) Ghent - Dendermonde - Mechelen (weekends)
Preceding station     National Railway Company of Belgium   Following station
toward Oostende
IC 01
toward Eupen
toward Oostende
IC 02
toward Blankenberge and Knokke
IC 03
toward Genk
toward Lille and Poperinge
IC 04
From Monday to Friday, except holidays
toward Kortrijk
IC 12
From Monday to Friday, except holidays
toward Welkenraedt
On weekends and holidays
toward Kortrijk
Terminus
TerminusIC 20
From Monday to Friday, except holidays
toward Tongeren
Terminus
On weekends and holidays
toward Lokeren
toward Brugge
IC 23A
TerminusIC 28
From Monday to Friday, except holidays
L 02
From Monday to Friday, except holidays
toward Mechelen
On weekends and holidays
Terminus
From Monday to Friday, except holidays
toward Eeklo
L 05
From Monday to Friday, except holidays
toward Ronse and Kortrijk
On weekends and holidays
toward Ronse
TerminusL 25
TerminusL 28
weekends
toward Mechelen

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Template:XlsSNCB Mobility. "Reizigerstellingen 2009" (in Dutch). - Détail du calcul : (261xNbre voyageur jours de semaine) + (52xNbre Samedi) + (52xNbre Dimanche)
  2. ^ Article about final Thalys to Ostend

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