Line: M1, M2, M3, M4 [premetro/stadtbahn]
Inhabitants: City 200000, District --
DESCRIPTION(last modified February 19, 2017 )
Charleroi light metro network (MLC, Metro Leger Charleroi) is a typical premetro system (trams on reserved lanes, with underground sections in the central areas).
The initial ambitious plan (52 km long premetro network) was elaborated in the years '70s; it was based on a central ring (partially underground) surrounding the city centre, which had been the focus of 8 radial branches towards the main urban axis. Because of technical and economical difficulties (among them, the decline of the carboniferous industry), just a part of the central ring and only 2 radial branches have been initially completed (1983-1992); other infrastructures (some segments of the track and some stops) have been realized (partly or completely) without being operated.
In February 2012 the central ring was completed (Parc-Sud section, ground level and viaduct), while 3 new stops along Gilly branch (2 yet partially built: Marabout, Sart Culpart; 1 totally new: Soleimont) were activated. The opening of the Gosselies branch to the passengers traffic took place on June 2013 (it was before utilized as technical connection with the depot).
HISTORY(last modified February 19, 2017 )
(last modified February 19, 2017 )
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600 V DC overhead
Type of guide/gauge
metric gauge rails (1000 mm)
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metro - charleroi; By Maximilian Dorrbecker (Chumwa) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons