E40 entering Brussels narrowed from this weekend
‘Improving quality of life’
Weyts not amused
Mobility organizations react
Mobility organization Touring fears for the worst. “This plan is put into action half-cocked, in the run-up to the elections”, says its spokesman, Danny Smagghe. “It is not a good idea to just relocate congestion upstream or even on the ring road. It could be a good project if alternatives like transfer parkings or a suburb metro line would be included. But they are not.”
Flemish mobility organization VAB agrees it could be an improvement if it is well thought out. According to VAB’s spokesman, Maarten Matienko, there has to be a greater plan. “The space that is freed up has to be used for public transport and cycling infrastructure. There have to be transfer points. in that case, the mobility capacity could even increase.”
VAB feels the plan will lead to less congestion in the city center and doesn’t think traffic jams will reach the Brussels ring road. “People quickly adapt to changes. But therefore, it is important that there are alternatives”, says Matienko.