Vandenbroucke: ‘There’s no alternative to the car’
Reacting to the survey published on Monday about the multi-modal use of transport solutions, MP Joris Vandenbroucke (sp.a) deplores there is no alternative for the car.
Only one out of six Belgians sees the multi-modal use of transport facilities as a solution for the traffic congestion problems. That’s the result of a survey (1.007 people were interviewed) of research institute Indiville. It was ordered by Febiac, the federation of manufacturers and importers. We already mentioned the results of the survey earlier.
Give us alternatives
“People are prepared to leave their car”, says Vandenbroucke, “but then they have to be sure to have an affordable and reliable alternative. Today this is not available.”
Vandenbroucke thinks that public transport, bicycle paths and shared mobility are no alternatives yet, because of the lack of investments. “The federal and the Flemish government invested a lot in additional roads or road lanes, but that’s an investment in the traffic jam of the future.”
Flemish bus company, De Lijn, and national railway company, NMBS, have registered records last year, according to Vandenbroucke, but not the right ones: prices went up, availability shrunk and satisfaction and punctuality figures are at an all time low.
“This is a logical consequence of a governmental policy that cuts seriously in the operating funds of both public transport services.” According to Vandenbroucke, we will have to wait for future governments, which choose to support and invest in public transport.
Those new governments also have to increase the number and quality of bicycle paths and they should have a growing interest in shared mobility.