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De Lijn remains committed to a public transport network that is reliable, efficient and customer-oriented.

From 1 July 2024, De Lijn will implement a series of adjustments to the public transport network in the Flemish Rand, with a specific focus on the Wemmel and Asse regions. These changes are the result of intensive feedback from travelers and stakeholders and aim to make public transport more efficient and reliable.

The core of the adjustments revolves around new bus lines and improved frequencies. De Lijn has set itself the goal of offering a reliable and demand-oriented transport offering that seamlessly meets the needs of travelers. This means that the responses of customers and stakeholders are closely monitored, so that the service can be adjusted where necessary and feasible. From July 1, 2024, various adjustments will be implemented, ranging from frequency changes and additional stops to adjusted evening routes and school runs.

De Lijn's public transport network is dynamic and constantly evolving. Together with partners in the transport regions, De Lijn continues to work on solutions that best meet the wishes of travelers. This process is based on data and reports from customers, stakeholders and staff, and takes into account the availability of vehicles and staff.

The upcoming changes are already available on the De Lijn website, where travelers can use a route planner to check whether their travel route changes and what new travel options there are. The new timetable tables will also be posted at the stops involved, so that everyone is well informed about the changes.

Various adjustments are being made in the Asse and Wemmel regions to optimize the travel experience with the bus network. Travelers can count on, among other things, clearer travel routes that will take them to their destination faster, an improved timetable with more frequent bus journeys, and new route numbers and routes for some bus lines.

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Line changes in Detail

Asse

  • Line R14 Brussels North – Asse – Affligem – Aalst: This line, previously known as line 214, now takes over the rush hour journeys from line 213 between Brussels North and Asse Station. The line offers frequent connections with important transfer options in Brussels and Asse. This adjustment creates a faster and more reliable connection between the cities, which significantly improves the travel experience for commuters and other travelers.
  • Line 213 Aalst – Ternat – Asse (-Simonis): Line 213 retains its line number, but no longer runs via Brussels North. The frequency is reduced during off-peak hours, but line R14 provides a fast connection between Aalst and Asse. The morning and evening rides for schools in Aalst, Asse, Ternat and Ganshoren will be maintained, while the weekend offer will disappear. This means that the line will focus more on peak hours and serving school students, while weekend travelers will have to rely on alternative transport options.
  • Line 714 express bus Brussels North – Asse – Aalst: This line, formerly known as line 212, retains the same route, stops and frequency as before. This ensures that travelers accustomed to this route do not have to expect any changes, ensuring the continuity of their daily travel plan.

Wemmel

  • Line R10 UZ Brussels – Dilbeek – Anderlecht – Halle: Previously known as line 810, this line will also run on Sundays between Dilbeek depot and Halle Station from July. The buses follow a modified route in Groot-Bijgaarden and take over the journeys of line 243 between Zellik and Wemmel. The extension of the timetable to Sunday provides additional travel options for weekend travelers, increasing the accessibility of public transport in this region.
  • Line R40 Brussels North – Bockstael – Wemmel (- Asse): This line bundles the former lines 240 and 242, with an increased frequency on weekdays and weekends. Half of the journeys of line 242 to and from Asse station are taken over by line R40. This increases the frequency and reliability of the service, which is beneficial for daily commuters and other travelers.
  • Line R41 Brussels North – Bockstael – Strombeek-Bever Drijpikkel: Previously known as line 241, this line retains its familiar route, but with a reduced frequency and shortening of the amplitude. While these changes reduce overall availability, the basic route remains unchanged for those who rely on this line.
  • Line R45 Brussels North – Merchtem – Dendermonde: This line, formerly known as line 245, maintains its route, but with an increased frequency on Saturdays and Sundays and a reduction in the amplitudes. The connection with the IC train towards Ghent at Dendermonde station will be maintained. This offers travelers improved connectivity during the weekend, while connecting with the train expands their travel options.
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