Brussels to get two brand-new tram lines
Brussels gets two brand-new tram lines, one connecting the Rogier Square with Tour & Taxis, and one to Neder-Over-Heembeek. The plans will be developed over the next two years, Minister of Mobility, Pascal Smet (sp.a), explains.
Hub Rogier Square
Today several bus lines connect the centre of Neder-Over-Heembeek with the centre of Brussels City, but the municipality in the northwest did not yet have a metro or tram line. Some parts of Tour & Taxis are not accessible by tram either.
This will soon change, as the Rogier Square – with a connection to the metro – will be connected to Tour & Taxis and Never-Over-Heembeek Military Hospital via two new tram lines.
The Tour & Taxis site, an important growth pole in the Brussels Capital Region with a large public park, houses the Flemish administration and several companies. The old ferry site, which is currently undergoing a complete renovation, will soon become a covered city next to which a new residential area is taking shape.
The new tram line to Neder-Over-Heembeek – with large companies in the canal zone, such as bPost – will be connected to the existing network from Jules Van Praet Avenue and will serve the districts of the Solvay site and the military hospital.
Mobility challenges of tomorrow
“Brussels is in full development”, says Pascal Smet. “New residential areas, commercial centres and businesses will be created and this development must be sustainable. That’s why we use public transport. These new tram lines, which connect the Tour & Taxis site with the North Station and the city centre, among other things, offer an answer to the mobility challenges of tomorrow.”
Earlier this year, Tram 9 – connecting Simonis to UZ Brussels in Jette – and Tram 8 – with a new section between the Tram Museum and Roodebeek – were opened.
Budget of 115 tot 120 million
According to BRUZZ, today’s costs are estimated at 65 to 70 million euro for the tram to Neder-Over-Heembeek and 50 million euro for the tram to Tour & Taxis (10 million is already foreseen for the road works).