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Location DB > Belgium > Hainaut > Charleroi > Métro Léger de Charleroi (MLC)
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Métro Léger de Charleroi (MLC)
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created by IIVQ on 7/31/2004 2:45 PM
last modified by IIVQ on 6/10/2010 4:48 PM
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from http://www.urbanra.../cha/charleroi.htm

Charleroi lies some 70 km south of Brussels in the French-speaking part of Belgium and has some 550,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area.


The Charleroi metro is a typical prémétro network, i.e. trams that use an underground section in the city centre and run on viaducts or separate right of way along streets in outer parts (similar to a German Stadtbahn in Stuttgart or Cologne). In the 1970's a large network (52 km with 69 stations) was planned to be finished by the mid-1990's. Starting from a loop in the centre of the city 8 branches should have covered the whole metropolitan area of Charleroi. But due to unknown problems construction was suspended and today's network remains unfinished and under-utilised.


A first section was taken into service in 1983 (Sud - Beaux-Arts - Dampremy). The total length of network is now 25 km, served by 4 tram routes (54, 55, 88, 89). There are 9 métro (underground) stations. The prémétro is operated by TEC, a company responsible for all public transport in the French-speaking part of Belgium.
 Basic Information
Type: Subway system: Tunnels/viaducts/stations.
Status: Abandoned/Under Construction/Active
Accessibility: Changing from location to location. At staion champeau: easy
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information
Address
All over Charleroi
Charleroi, Hainaut
Belgium
Owner: City of Charleroi / TEC
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  •  Hazards
  • Electricity, Trains
  •  Interesting Features

     Security Measures
  • fences
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  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1976
    Closed: 0
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  • long pants / sleeves
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     History
    There is a rule of thumb that a city needs one million people to need a subway system. Charleroi including wide area had 600.000 which is nearly a million, isn't it? So a subway was built - but it was too expensive, and politics (like not integrating but competing with the bus system) did the rest. Nowadays, only 20 of the planned 61 stations are active, and 8 more lie inactive but more or less ready for trains.
     Media Coverage
    The subway is mentioned in Douglas de Coninck's "Blijvende Blunders", a book on 51 failed infrastructural projects in Belgium.
     Future Plans
    By 2010-11, the "MLC" will be finished, not like the one expected in 1970, but with a new line. The projects approved by the Waloon government are:

    - Parc - Sud link in the city centre with the trams running on the surface, a new bridge across the river Sambre, and a viaduct between this bridge and Sud
    - After Gilly, the two unexploited stations will be opened, a third one might be added
    - The former tramway line to Dampremy, Lodelinsart, Jumet and Gosselies will be operated with tramways
    - The unexploited lines to Chatelineau will remain closed. as Parc-Sud which isn't built yet.
     Stories
    Angel
    Sat, Oct 4th, 2003
    posted by IIVQ


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     Photo Galleries
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    4th October 2003
    Sat, Jul 31st, 2004
    posted by IIVQ
    9 pictures
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    Maps and stuff
    Sat, Dec 17th, 2005
    posted by IIVQ
    2 pictures


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     Panoramas

    Trefilerie
    Sun, Oct 5th, 2008
    posted by IIVQ
     Web Links
    http://www.urbanra.../cha/charleroi.htm < a general subway site
    http://home.deds.nl/~dgf/abandcharl.htm < photos by Jacob of an earlier visit.
    http://acity.onlin...rlroi/chrlroi.html < photos by Ben of an earlier visit.

    http://boutique.ph...hies.be/f572759162 < Pictures of the reinstallment of part of the lines
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 6/10/2010 5:07 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 10 10 at 17:07, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Jun 10 10 at 16:48, IIVQ changed the following: Future Plans
  • on Jun 10 10 at 16:47, IIVQ changed the following: Web Links
  • on Oct 7 08 at 2:00, Steed validated this location
  • on Oct 6 08 at 20:11, IIVQ updated a panorama image
  • on Oct 6 08 at 20:10, IIVQ updated panorama Trefilerie
  • on Dec 17 05 at 13:51, IIVQ updated gallery picture Da Plan
  • on Dec 17 05 at 13:49, IIVQ updated gallery picture Situation 2005
  • on Dec 17 05 at 13:45, IIVQ updated gallery picture Da Plan
  • on Dec 17 05 at 13:41, IIVQ swapped pictures 0 and 1
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