Agreement between STIB and contractors to restart work on metro line 3
Brussels public transport operator STIB and the Toots consortium have agreed to resume work on the Brussels metro line 3, Le Soir reported on Wednesday.
STIB and the consortium comprising Besix, Jan De Nul and Franki Construct had been at loggerheads for months over the work to be carried out under the Palais du Midi. The contractor had encountered problems in the building's damp cellars and had adjusted the fee accordingly.
According to Le Soir, there are currently additional costs of 400 million euros. In 2022, the bill for the line was estimated at 756 million euros but has now risen to 1.283 billion euros. Meanwhile, the construction site near Brussels Midi station has been idle for a year and a half.
With its north-south orientation, metro line 3 will complement the existing metro network in Brussels, which is mainly east-west oriented. The 10.3 km line will have 18 stations. If all goes according to plan, the line between Albert and Gare du Nord will be operational in 2030 instead of 2025.
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