IKEA introduces free ‘Pändelbuss’ to and from Antwerp
On Wednesday, IKEA will start a free shuttle bus service between Wilrijk and the Antwerp city center. ‘Pändelbuss’ is a test project collaborating with Autocars De Polder that will last at least three months. The Swedish conglomerate hopes this will attract more visitors and take car traffic off the road.
The shuttle bus will stop in the center of Antwerp at the junction between the Frankrijklei and the De Keyserlei and will drive back and forth roughly once an hour during the opening hours of IKEA Wilrijk.
Yellow and blue
You will be able to recognize the vehicle, which has room for 89 people, by the furniture company’s characteristic blue and yellow colors. Without a traffic jam, the trip would take about 25 minutes, as the bus is allowed to drive on the bus lane and has no stops.
“The Pändelbuss is a simple and sustainable mobility solution that we want to offer to the people of Antwerp who previously could not easily get to IKEA Wilrijk,” says Robbe Geeraerts, Deputy Market Manager at IKEA Wilrijk. Data from the Flemish government show that fewer and fewer people in the Antwerp city center have a car, while the population is growing.
Alternative for congested roads
People can already get to IKEA Wilrijk by public transport, but then they have to change to another bus or tram on the way. All in all, it takes customers almost an hour to get there.
The city of Antwerp hopes that the bus will take many cars off the road, which would be welcome on the very congested roads in Antwerp and its southern outskirts. IKEA states that small products bought at their store will be easy to take home on the bus, and it can deliver larger products and furniture at home.