Flanders: VAB wants mobility fund with 15 billion extra
Mobility organization, VAB, advocates the creation of a fund to finance priority mobility investments. The fund would be fed with the income from the annual traffic taxes, the registration tax, and the part of the traffic fines that Flanders receives.
The money should be used for the structural maintenance of the traffic infrastructure, the improvement of the quality of public transport and bicycle facilities.
VAB estimates that an extra budget of 15 billion euros, spread over ten years, is needed to enable Flanders to contribute to the modal shift and to keep the basic infrastructure up to standard.
Intelligent toll collection system
Without such a fund, Flanders risks that all available money will go to new projects, such as Oosterweel and the Brussels ring road, according to VAB.
If the Flemish government has no money for this new road infrastructure, it can make users of the Antwerp and Brussels ring road pay for these heavy investments using an intelligent toll collection system.
25% of bridges and roads in poor condition
The VAB justifies its viewpoint by the fact that maintenance backlogs continue to accumulate in Flanders. A quarter of the regional roads are in poor condition.
Of the approximately 3.000 bridges and tunnels, 1 out of 3 needs thorough maintenance within this and 10 years. Probably 1 out of 10 needs to be completely replaced.
Good bicycle infrastructure
The VAB also calls for heavy investments in the capacity and flow of public transport over the next 10 years. The focus should be on the accessibility of the 13 central cities and the lagging regions, such as Limburg and West Flanders.
Following examples in other countries, the focus should also be more on the organization of transfer possibilities from bicycle or car to public transport and the development of good bicycle infrastructure.