Leuven railway station
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|Location||Martelarenplein, 3000 Leuven|
|Owned by||National Railway Company of Belgium|
|Opened||22 September 1837|
In 2007 it was the fifth busiest station in Belgium, only preceded by the three main Brussels stations and Gent-Sint-Pieters railway station.
The station recently underwent extensive and costly renovations lasting several years. The station square houses a major bus terminal as well as extensive bicycle parking and car parking. The station includes a tunnel which passes underneath the station for pedestrians as well as an overhead bridge with elevators. The station is fully accessible for wheelchairs.
While a high-speed line passes through the station, Leuven is not a stop on any high-speed route. Current expansion is limited because the Leuven station has reached the maximum set of rail and platforms possible, meaning any further expansion would require building an underground segment.
The station is noted for a high occurrence of suicides and accidental death, much higher than the national average.
The station is served by the following services:
- Intercity services (IC-01) Ostend - Bruges - Ghent - Brussels - Leuven - Liege - Welkenraedt - Eupen
- Intercity services (IC-03) Knokke/Blankenberge - Bruges - Ghent - Brussels - Leuven - Hasselt - Genk
- Intercity services (IC-08) Antwerp - Mechelen - Brussels Airport - Leuven - Hasselt
- Intercity services (IC-09) Antwerp - Lier - Aarschot - Leuven (weekdays)
- Intercity services (IC-12) Kortrijk - Ghent - Brussels - Leuven - Liege - Welkenraedt (weekdays)
- Intercity services (IC-14) Quiévrain - Mons - Braine-le-Comte - Brussels - Leuven - Liege (weekdays)
- Intercity services (IC-21) Ghent - Dendermonde - Mechelen - Leuven (weekdays)
- Intercity services (IC-29) De Panne - Ghent - Aalst - Brussels - Brussels Airport - Leuven - Landen
- Local services (L-03) Leuven - Aarschot - Diest - Hasselt (weekends)
- Local services (L-20) Sint-Niklaas – Mechelen – Leuven (weekdays)
- Local services (L-20) Mechelen - Leuven (weekends)
- Local services (L-23) Antwerp - Lier - Aarschot - Leuven
- Brussels RER services (S2) Braine-le-Comte - Halle - Brussels - Leuven
- Brussels RER services (S9) Braine-l'Alleud - Etterbeek - Brussels-Luxembourg - Leuven (weekdays, peak hours only)
- Brussels RER services (S20) Leuven - Wavre - Ottignies
|Preceding station||NMBS/SNCB||Following station|
toward De Panne
Monday to Friday
Accidents and incidentsEdit
- Morley, Nicole. "One dead and dozens injured as train derails outside station in Belgium". Metro. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
- "Trein ontspoord in Leuven: 1 dode en 19 lichtgewonden" [Train derailed in Leuve: 1 dead and 19 lightly wounded] (in Dutch). De Redactie. Retrieved 18 February 2017.