Oostende station, with more than 6,500 boarding passengers a day, is the most important coastal station. It is a hub of many streams of traffic and activities. SNCB Holding, Infrabel, De Lijn and the City of Ostend are expanding the station environment to a hub of travel and shopping, living and working, where one can make a seamless transition among the various modes of transport.
Oostende station will be thoroughly renovated and refurbished and there will be a new bus and tram station. The ferry terminal will be replaced and there will be new bus and tram stops in the port. A city district with a surface of more than a hundred thousand square meters will be upgraded.
All platforms in the renewed station will be next to one another in an open square. There will be a bicycle parking area for more than 1,300 bikes underneath this square. And at the border of the square, a car park for 680 cars will be built which will be connected to the platforms by a pedestrian bridge. This way, travellers can transfer easily and quickly from one means of transport to another.
A high awning will cover the platforms and provide shelter to the travellers. The platforms will also be raised, which will make boarding and alighting easier. Underneath the station awning, arriving passengers will have an unobstructed view of the Visserskaai, the Mercatordok …. and of Ostend, the City by the Sea.
The renewed station will also open onto the back harbour. The former ferry terminal will be replaced by a multi-functional hall with large glass walls with a view of the harbour. The station will become a gateway to the city and the sea.
An open square will be created by replacing the many buildings which are currently next to the train station with a single construction volume, and by moving the bus and tram stops currently located next to it toward the harbour. It will be a square with minimal traffic in which the tram loop is restructured, and which will no longer run through the Hazegras neighbourhood. This will reinforce the revaluation of the bordering Hazegras neighbourhood and will connect the Zeedijk, the Zeeheldenplein and the Visserskaai to the Maria Hendrika Park along the promenade which connects the sea and the park.
More information at www.stationaanzee.be
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