Park-and-ride parking lots around Brussels delayed?
In May 2018, the Flemish Minister for Mobility, Ben Weyts (N-VA), announced that he would provide thousands of extra parking spaces for cars or bicycles on park and ride parking terrains around Brussels.
This expansion, an investment of 30 million euro, threatens to be postponed. That’s what Flemish MP, Lionel Bajart (Open Vld), says. He asks for clarity about the plans.
Still in study phase
A total of 1.905 parking would be created for cars, in addition to 2.143 bicycle parking spaces. The combi parking spaces, often close to train or tram stations, where people can leave their cars or bicycles behind and switch to another means of transport, had to be in place within three years – in other words, before 2021.
But the planned capacity expansion is not likely to happen. “By May 2018, a lot of study work had already been done and there was a well-developed plan that had to be implemented as quickly as possible”, says Lionel Bajart, a Flemish member of the Brussels Parliament for the majority party Open Vld.
“Now it seems that the majority of the announced extra capacity sites is still in the study phase, or that the studies still have to be started. This is even two-thirds of the total capacity for the extra parking places for cars.”
Bajart is now asking for clarity from Weyts. “This is very important for Brussels. We need clarity about when these expansions will take place. By acting like this, we will not solve the traffic jams and air quality problems.”
According to the Minister, the project is on schedule. “It concerns a lot of locations, so it is not surprising that there are still studies in progress for different locations. At other locations, however, we will soon be able to start with a call for tenders”, says Weyts.
“In fact, these combined car parks are first and foremost important for us, people of Flemish Brabant, even more so than for the people of Brussels. So you can be sure that we’re moving forward.”