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DESCRIPTION
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).
(last modified February 19, 2017 )
HISTORY
datesection nameline
24-05-1983Sud-Beaux Arts-Dampremy;Morgnies-Paradis--
28-08-1992Beaux Arts-Gilly;Providence-Moulin;Paradis-Fontaine--
30-08-1996Waterloo-Parc--
27-02-2012Parc-Sud; Gilly-Soleilmont--
22-06-2013Piges-Gosselies--
(last modified February 19, 2017 )
TECHNICAL DATA
Single line length (Km)
M1:17.3
M2:17.3
M3:16.6
M4:8.3
Single line stops
M1:24
M2:24
M3:27
M4:14
Single line avg. distance (km)
M1:0.75
M2:0.75
M3:0.65
M4:0.65
Total track length (km)
33.3
Total network stops
48
Avg. stop net distance (km)
0.7
Type
steel wheels
Current/Voltage
600 V DC overhead
Type of guide/gauge
metric gauge rails (1000 mm)
Vehicles builder
LA BRUGEOISE ET NIVELLES
Model
LRV
Operator
TEC CHARLEROI
(last modified February 19, 2017 )
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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
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