MIVB busses also to no longer stop outside Brussels North station

The Brussels public transport company MIVB has said that from Tuesday 7 May its busses will no longer serve the stops outside Brussels North Railway Station. At the weekend the Flemish public transport company De Lijn announced that dozens of its bus routes would no long terminate/commerce at Brussels North amid concerns about crime, security and public health around the bus stops underneath the building that houses the railway station.     

MIVB says that it will install temporary stops for routes 20 and 61 in the vicinity of the station. Bus route 20 (Hunderenveld – Noordstation) will now terminate at a stop on the Simon Bolivarlaan, while the 61 (Montgomery – Noordstation) will terminate on the Noordplein directly in front of the station.     

The MIVB’s spokeswoman An Van Hamme told the Brussels regional website Bruzz that “We are of course less affected than De Lijn, but it isn’t fair that our drivers should be treated differently than De Lijn’s. This is why we are moving the stops temporarily until a solution is found”. 

MIVB gives the same reasons as De Lijn for its decision: the unhygienic conditions on the ground floor of the building that houses the station and crime. For many months now groups of transit migrants (and some homeless people) have been sleeping rough on the ground floor of the building that houses the station.