Residents sign motion against closing of Brussels Ring’s exit 5
During Tuesday’s local council meeting in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, residents have unanimously opposed the Flemish Region’s project to close exit 5, directly connecting the Ring to the municipality’s major artery. The council asks the Flemish Region to revise its plan and offer more public transport solutions.
The Flemish Werkvennootschap’s project in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe is ruffling some feathers. The organization that supports large and complex mobility projects aims at deleting the Ring’s exit number 5, connecting the highway to the Woluwe Boulevard.
Public transport as the solution
However, residents aren’t happy about that project. During a local council meeting on Tuesday, they unanimously voted a motion against it. According to the municipality’s Mobility Alderman, Alexandre Pirson, this would further isolate Brussels and drastically increase traffic on the adjacent municipalities, including Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe.
Residents are up in arms against the project because the connection between the Woluwe Boulevard and the Ring is essential to access Brussels Airport or the Saint-Luc university hospital. Furthermore, public transport service is poor in the adjacent residential areas and business parks. With its motion, the council asks the Flemish Region to revise its plan and study the possibility of offering more public transport along the Woluwe Boulevard.