crlhub wrote:I think that a better solution would be to use the existing train station called 'Luttre'(which may be renamed Charleroi airport).This stop on the Antwerp-Brussels-Charleroi South line,is not very far from the airport.One same platform super shuttle bus transfert with a small new portion of the existing freeway Brussels-Charleroi,would be much less expensive and would provide a frequent and fast train+bus connection,without having to reach down Charleroi South station,then connect to the TEC bus station and then to the apt,which means at least between 30 and 40 minutes saved.A combi train+super shuttle bus would be available from any Belgian station at a very interesting cost.
There are two Brussels-Luttre-Charleroi South trains/hour(off peak,up to 6 at peak times).We could increase the frequency to up to 3/hour for exemple.It would also be interesting for all the people from the Nivelles/Waterloo/Braine/BW areas.Same in the other way from Charleroi South to Luttre+shuttle (connections from Lille Liège sncb line possible).
It is only a 15 minutes + bus trip.
The costs would be between 100 and 175 millions euros.No new station would be needed,only a good upgrade of the existing Luttre one.
A train station for an airport with a maximum pax target of let's say 8 or 10 millions(2020?),doest not need that facility which will be very expensive to build and never making any money.
Eventhough it could also be used by many thousends of people working in the airport area(caterpilar,aéropôle,ulb university etc).
I don't think a railway station for a 8-10 mppa airport is an unreasonable proposal. There are plenty airports in Europe with far fewer passengers and very well served railway stations. At the same time, I think the Luttre + quick shuttle is a great idea in the short- to medium-term at least (of course that will end up being medium to long-term). It is just a 35 minute train journey from Luttre to Brussels Midi.
Btw a new 1km road connection will be built between the R3 (Charleroi Ring) and the Aéropole (and terminal I hope!). Scheduled to open in 2013:http://www.sudinfo.be/410414/article/re ... -gosselies
At a cost of €2.6million, it sounds like something pretty modest and not requiring any large scale work.