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Kortrijk railway station is the main railway station in the Belgian city of Kortrijk and one of the busiest railway stations in Belgium. Its NMBS/SNCB internal code is LK. The station was first inaugurated on 22 September 1839.

Kortrijk
SNCB logo.svg Railway Station
Station Kortrijk.jpg
LocationStationsplein, Kortrijk
Coordinates50°49′27″N 3°15′50″E / 50.82417°N 3.26389°E / 50.82417; 3.26389Coordinates: 50°49′27″N 3°15′50″E / 50.82417°N 3.26389°E / 50.82417; 3.26389
Owned byNational Railway Company of Belgium
Platforms8
Other information
Station codeKORT
History
Opened22 September 1839

The following railway lines converge in this railway station: line 66 (Bruges - Kortrijk) and line 75 (Ghent - Moeskroen). Previously, there was also line 83 (Kortrijk - Ronse). Railway lines 69 (Kortrijk - Ieper - Poperinge) and 89 (Denderleeuw - Kortrijk) begin just outside the railway station.

With around 10,000 passengers per day,[1] Kortrijk main station is the 15th busiest railway station in Belgium, and the 2nd busiest in the province of West-Flanders.

Several national Intercity-trains, Interregio-trains and local trains stop in this railway station, but there are also international trains like the Intercity-train to Gare de Lille Flandres, Lille in France.

HistoryEdit

The first railway line, connecting Kortrijk to Ghent, was inaugurated on 22 September 1838 by King Leopold I and Queen Louisa-Maria. The first railway station on this site was inaugurated in 1839.

The building itself was enlarged several times. The second building opened in 1857 and was enlarged in 1876. This monumental building originally included a glass and iron construction covering the platforms and rails. This construction and the original building were severely damaged during World War II.

After the war, a brand new station was inaugurated on 7 July 1956. The structure covering the platforms and rails was demolished and replaced by awnings covering the platforms.

 
NMBS rolling stock in Kortrijk station

Train servicesEdit

The station is served by the following services:

  • Intercity services (IC-04) Lille/Poperinge - Kortrijk - Ghent - Sint-Niklaas - Antwerp
  • Intercity services (IC-12) Kortrijk - Ghent - Brussels - Leuven - Liege - Welkenraedt (weekdays)
  • Intercity services (IC-12) Kortrijk - Ghent (weekends)
  • Intercity services (IC-23) Ostend - Bruges - Kortrijk - Zottegem - Brussels - Brussels Airport
  • Intercity services (IC-26) Kortrijk - Tournai - Halle - Brussels - Dendermonde - Lokeren - Sint Niklaas (weekdays)
  • Intercity services (IC-32) Bruges - Roeselare - Kortrijk
  • Local services (L-05) Kortrijk - Oudenaarde - Ghent - Eeklo (weekdays)
Preceding station     National Railway Company of Belgium   Following station
IC 04
toward Poperinge
IC 04
TerminusIC 12
From Monday to Friday, except holidays
toward Welkenraedt
Terminus
On weekends and holidays
toward Oostende
IC 23
TerminusIC 26
weekdays
toward Sint-Niklaas
toward Brugge
IC 32Terminus
TerminusL 05
weekdays
toward Eeklo

Railway stations in KortrijkEdit

Other railway stations in Kortrijk are:

  • Kortrijk-Vorming railway station (previously called Congostatie)
  • Bissegem railway station

Former railway stations in Kortrijk are:

  • Aalbeke railway station
  • Heule railway station
  • Heule-Leiaarde railway station
  • Kortrijk-Weide railway station
  • Kortrijk-West railway station
  • Marke railway station
  • Sint-Katerine railway station

ReferencesEdit