“There’ll quickly be no extra cross-border connections from Mons, this case is irregular!”
Figuring out that discussions regarding the long run SNCB administration contract have been launched, the Mons municipal faculty wished to take the chance to ask the Federal Minister of Transport to discover a answer to revive the Mons/Paris hyperlink.
“The Mons faculty contacted the Federal Transport Minister Georges Gilkinet to alert him to the necessity to restore an everyday rail hyperlink between Mons and Paris.
Certainly, the earlier authorities had already abolished the Thalys connection which had allowed Mons residents, since 1846, to profit from a every day reference to the French capital. The Metropolis of Mons doesn’t mince its phrases: “In 2015, in a totally inexplicable manner, it was determined to finish the high-speed hyperlink linking Wallonia (Namur, Charleroi and Mons) to Paris. This incomprehensible resolution had provoked a robust response from the inhabitants and the regional forces, particularly for the reason that route benefited from a excessive occupancy fee, which exhibits that the demand may be very actual”. The Metropolis is especially focusing on Jacqueline Galant, who was Minister of Transport on the time.
And the Metropolis continues: “At this time, many inhabitants of Mons-Borinage wishing to go to Paris are obliged to go to Brussels, Lille, Maubeuge or Valenciennes to take the prepare there. Added to that is the elimination, by December, of the Mons-Aulnoye hyperlink. There’ll subsequently now not be any cross-border connection from town of Doudou. This example is irregular. At a time when prepare journey is changing into a matter after all, the re-establishment of a rail hyperlink to Paris appears greater than ever important within the eyes of the Mons authorities”.
College students, employees…
Therefore the Metropolis’s need to re-establish a rail hyperlink with France. “Mons, capital of Hainaut and cultural capital of Wallonia, should profit from an environment friendly cross-border rail hyperlink. Within the different path, whether or not it’s employees coming to work in our firms and establishments, college students following their increased schooling in Mons and even vacationers coming to go to Mons and its many cultural and leisure points of interest, the prepare should stay a reputable and comfy choice, each from an financial and ecological perspective”.
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