Owner/holder of the abandoned railway:
The general legal framework in the Walloon Region is an emphyteutic lease between Wallonia and the SNCB, allowing the Walloon Region to use the former railways to develop greenways
Total climbing: 0 m
Total descent: 0 m
This greenway will allow to stablish a connexion with shops and sports centres. This will be a regional interchange node (train and bus station); a link with the schools will also be established.
- The Four Lifts on the Canal du Centre and their Environs, La Louvière and Le Roeulx (Hainaut) are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The four hydraulic boat-lifts together with the canal itself and its associated structures, constitute a remarkably well-preserved and complete example of a late-19th-century industrial landscape. Located over a distance of 7 km, each one covering a change in level of 15 to 16 meters. They are the only ones in the world which still exist in their original working condition.
- The trees alongside the Canal have been inscribed on the list of remarkable trees and hedges in 1995 (https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/856/)
- Nearby the Louvière, The Bois-du-Luc site, is also UNESCO world heritage Site https://www.lalouviere.be/loisirs/culture/musees/bois-du-luc
Considering the characteristics, the main activities are: cycling, walking, jogging, horse riding,
The potential users are cyclists, walkers, horse riders and, most likely, people with reduced mobility (to be confirmed upon completion of the pre-study), as usual in the RAVel -greenways.
There is a plan by Walloon Region for transforming this abandoned railway into a greenway. Stage: pre-study.