Generally, the accessibility, lighting and security have been markedly improved. As part of the works process, the clarity of this essential connection for the underground link, currently in the pre-metro, and by 2024 for the metro, which specifically links the Gare du Midi and the Gare du Nord railways stations has been improved. The station has actually been renamed Bourse-Grand-Place, this at the request of the Mayor of the City of Brussels, owing to its location. It is less than 200 metres from the Grand Place, which is a top tourist spot in Brussels.
The accessibly is henceforth assured by the two main entrances, in addition to the six already in existence, and by a large additional lift essentially intended for use by persons with reduced mobility and for specially adapted or otherwise large bicycles. The lift enables easy access to levels -1 and -2.
The project also accords importance to the sense of safety and passengers’, tourists’ and cyclists’ comfort through the installation of public toilets and surveillance cameras in the building. Particular attention has been paid to maintenance and cleanliness.
The cycle park, located on level -1 of the station is accessible to all cyclists. It has a capacity of 194 spaces accessible to all. Furthermore, it offers 610 secure parking spaces for traditional bikes and 18 secure spaces for so-called “cargo bikes”. It is easily accessible via large stairways equipped with inclined channels (to enable bicycles to go up and down) and by using the lift.
The opening took place in the presence of deputies from the Infrastructure Committee of the Brussels Parliament. Activities intended for the general public were organized in the afternoon, in collaboration with cycling organizations and Ancienne Belgique, which organizes musical entertainment. In the evening, the new artistic space “Qartier” opened with a preview.