‘Schuman project is a mess without alternatives’
After the Schuman roundabout project took another step last week, mayor Vincent De Wolf (MR) gives his opinion about the new infrastructure to be built in his municipality. According to him, decisions were made without consultancy and reducing the driving lanes from three to one will lead to kilometers of traffic jams up to the neighboring municipality of Evere.
As a part of Brussels’ Good Move mobility plan, the Schuman roundabout, boarding the European Union’s offices, will be transformed in the upcoming years. The construction permit demand has been filed and, if accepted, works should start early 2020. But, not everyone is agreeing with the project, especially the Etterbeek municipality’s mayor, Vincent De Wolf (MR).
‘More traffic jams’
According to the mayor and MR group leader to the Brussels parliament, this roundabout project will push all congestion to the adjacent neighborhood. He bases his argument on the city’s traffic management program, Musti.
“The Musti program allows us to measure the level of congestion. According to this tool, the new project will create kilometers of traffic jams at rush hours, and they will go up to Evere. This creates issues in terms of air quality, noise and quality of life for citizens. Imagine the nightmare the Schuman population will live in”, declares Vincent De Wolf.
According to the politician, decisions were made the wrong way round, without consultancy resulting in a mess of a project. Alternatives should have been created before the roundabout modification. “It’s a trap for motorists and, according to me, things have been done the wrong way round”, he explains.
“In this neighborhood, there isn’t any park and ride facility, any metro and still no rail alternative. I find it irresponsible to think about such a project without taking into account the impact on Brussels citizens”, continues the Etterbeek mayor, “we will file an appeal”.
For its part, the Mobility Minister’s Cabinet (Pascal Smet, Sp.A) reminds us of the objective of the Good Move plan. “It is to offer space for everyone and sooth the neighborhood so that traffic is better organized and all users find their account”, declared the cabinet.