Brussels’ city government in favour of R0 ring widening
Brussels City Council has recently given a positive opinion under conditions on the ring road widening to the company in charge of roadworks. Brussels mayor, Philippe Close, pleads for a dialog with the Region, while councilwoman, Marie Nagy, thinks the city cuts the front of the opposition.
“We already have a simulation from the company in charge of roadworks for the Flemish government, that shows that the widening would contribute to traffic reduction on our roads”, explains alderman for Mobility and Public Works, Els Ampe (Open VLD). “The city has recently given a positive opinion under conditions on the ring widening.”
No position taken
The city’s mayor office qualified the alderman’s statement. According to it, the city hasn’t taken position on the matter yet, be it positively or negatively. Brussels mayor, Philippe Close, is pleading for the creation of dialog between the city and the two Regions.
Still according to Els Ampe, the city is opposed to the closing of some ring access, including the exit 8 toward Wemmel suggested by the Flemish authorities. Brussels also wants a better cycling connection between Laeken and Wemmel and Laeken and Grimbergen along the A12.
‘Outdated vision of mobility’
“The support of the ring road widening suggested by alderman Els Ampe is regrettable in these times of heat waves when the problem of climate change is serious and when the population suffers episodes of heavy pollution due to road traffic”, declared councilwoman, Marie Nagy (DéFi), “it’s not our vision of mobility. For us at DéFi, we must think first about car taxes, complete the RER dossier and encourage soft mobility.”
Marie Nagy also wants the alderman to think about a mobility plan for the north of the city which is severely impacted by traffic. This global approach should take into account the Heysel development.