transport company STIB. In the presence of Brussels Minister of Mobility and Public Works Elke Van den Brandt and the CEO of the STIB de Meeûs, the construction of the Brussels Toots Thielemans subway station officially kicked off in Brussels. For the next eight years client STIB, and contractor T.M. Toots, will carry out the works for the first phase of the new Brussels metro line 3 between the Brussels-North Station and the Albert Station in Vorst.
The Toots Thielemans subway station, the Lemonnier tram station and the two tunnel elements are all located between the Brussels-Midi station and the Anneessens district, in the heart of the Belgian capital.
The works include the civil engineering and construction works on the subway station, the Lemonnier tram station upgrade and the two tunnel elements of metro line 3.
The works on the tunnels and the Toots Thielemans subway station started in September 2020 in order to put the new metro into service by 2025. The works on the Lemonnier tram station will follow between 2025 and 2028.
The Toots Thielemans subway station, formerly known as ‘Constitution’, is located under the Avenue de Stalingrad, between the stations Brussels-Midi and Anneessens. With a length of 233 m, the station will consist of two platforms on level -2 and three mezzanines for the counters and entrances to the platforms. These will be accessible via the Boulevard du Midi and the Palais du Midi Brussels, and will also connect to the Lemonnier tram station via a new pedestrian tunnel.
The new Lemonnier station will remain at its current location. The 246 m long stop will have 1 central platform at level -2. Two mezzanines, one extending over the entire length of the station, will run above the tracks and connect to the current entrance of the station via a footbridge. Thanks to the modification works, the entire station will be accessible to people with reduced mobility.
The first tunnel section is 300 m long and will connect the Toots Thielemans station to the existing tunnel towards Brussels-Midi. The second tunnel, with a length of 210 m, will be largely built under the existing Palais du Midi building, and will provide a link between the subway station and the existing tunnel section towards Anneessens.