Brussels works on pro-telework mobility plan
As the lockdown lifts, and traffic is increasing in and around the capital, Brussels Mobility is still counting 21% fewer cars in the city’s tunnels.
Mobility Minister, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen) wants to jump on the opportunity, and push for telework.
All around the year, Brussels Mobility keeps an eye on the traffic around Brussels, especially in the tunnels. During the lockdown, they have noted a substantial reduction in the number of cars. Traffic dropped by 75% during the first week.
-21% last week
As the lockdown lifting phases arrived one after the other, the number of cars on the capital’s roads increased steadily.
As we have now passed phase three, the analyzed traffic for last week was still down 21% compared to the pre-lockdown data. On the Brussels ring road, things are a little different.
“Traffic increased faster on the ring than in the tunnels due to, among other things, the presence of trucks as wells as the importance of the ring road in traffic through Belgium,” notes Brussels Mobility.
Plan for telework
Brussels Mobility Minister, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen), has always claimed that if the number of cars dropped by 20% in the Region, congestion would disappear.
Judging by the numbers seen during the lockdown, she might be right. And it’s the perfect opportunity for the government to push on telework.
“The health crisis we have just experienced has shown that telework is possible for many people, especially when kids are at school. This holds real potential for improving mobility in Brussels. We are working today with the Brussels Chamber of Commerce (Beci) and the ministers concerned to establish the necessary framework to make this practice positive for both workers and employers”, explains the Minister.
While traffic is increasing in the post-lockdown situation, Brussels’ Public Transport Operator, the Stib/Mivb, is still experiencing very low numbers. Last Friday, underground passenger numbers were down to 43% and 45% for aboveground traffic.