Belgian government frees up €240 million for cycling commuter

April 04, 2022

The Belgian government will be releasing 240 million euros to promote commuting by bicycle in the coming years. This was decided during the budget review, says Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo). In addition, the government will also release 30 million euros to ease the transport cost of employees. And last but not least, public […]

De Lijn finally launches tender for hundreds of e-buses

March 31, 2022

The Flemish public transport company De Lijn has launched procedures to purchase hundreds of electric buses, possibly up to 1 250. It involves buses of all sizes, ranging from 8 to 24 meters in length. De Lijn confirmed this on Wednesday, following the European Tender Journal publications. De Lijn’s ambition is to make its fleet […]

Belgian Greens want 100 kph speed limit on highways

March 31, 2022

Stijn Bex, Flemish MP for political party Groen, wants to lower the maximum speed on highways to 100 kilometers/hour. “Driving slower is less consuming.” According to Bex, the measure could save about 0,7 to 1,5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers. The measure should only apply during the daytime. Björn Rzoska, leader of the parliamentary […]

Sportpaleis expects 60% of visitors arriving by sustainable transport

March 31, 2022

The new transport plan of the Antwerp city administration has the ambition to receive 60% of the visitors to the event halls Sportpaleis and Lotto Arena by sustainable transport. The recent opening of three park-and-ride zones will contribute to it, local authorities say. Since 2005, the city is trying to reduce traffic nuisance in the […]

Losses at NMBS/SNCB widen to €400 million

March 28, 2022

With an operating loss of 401,9 million euros, the Belgian railway company NMBS/SNCB hit an even bigger loss last year, its second coronary year, than in 2020. However, thanks to the government’s intervention, which provided compensation of more than 300 million euros, the operational loss could be contained to 98,1 million euros. The outlook isn’t […]

Mandatory flight tax will cost Belgian airlines €5 million

March 28, 2022

The mandatory flight tax will cost Belgian airline companies – Brussels Airlines, Air Belgium, and TUI Fly – five million euros, money they will have to pay out of their own pockets as they can’t impose it on customers for already booked flights. The decision to impose airlines a so-called ‘flight tax’ was taken last […]

Chunnel operator to buy trains to compete with Eurostar

March 21, 2022

Getlink, the operator of the Chunnel, wants to order a set of trains to lease them to third parties that can step into competition with Eurostar’s Shuttle on the cross-channel journey. The interest is there, says the operator, and if everything goes according to plan, the first trains could be delivered by 2026. The former […]

TEC launches a pilot bus/bike experiment

March 17, 2022

Until 30 June, buses on the E5 express line between Nivelles and Namur will be able to take non-folding bicycles from commuters, either in the loading space or on a bike rack installed at the back of the bus. This is a pilot experiment of the Walloon public transport service TEC, intended to evaluate the […]

One third of new buses in EU alternatively-powered

March 15, 2022

According to the statistics of the European manufacturers’ organization, ACEA, almost one-third (31,2%) of the newly registered buses in the EU are already powered by alternative fuels. The other two-thirds are still diesel-powered. Overall in 2021, 68,8% of all new buses registered in the European Union ran on diesel. However, electrically-chargeable buses posted strong growth, […]

Walloon climate citizens’ panel proposes 100 km/h on highways

March 14, 2022

At a general assembly in Namur on Sunday, the 168 recommendations were presented of a special panel of sixty Walloon citizens, selected by lottery, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region by 55% at least. After fifteen meetings, this civic panel has concluded a report spanning over nine areas that were subsequently arranged according […]

Van Hool to build 56 electric tram-buses for Paris

March 11, 2022

Belgian bus manufacturer Van Hool from Koningshooikt (Lier) may build at least 56 tram-buses that will run in Paris. The electric vehicles will be charged using an in-built fast-charging system. A world-first, says the company. Van Hool is working on this with French Alstom and German Kiepe Electric. The consortium, where Van Hool is the […]

De Lijn offers real-time travel info via Google Maps

March 10, 2022

Public transport company De Lijn has introduced a new way of providing real-time traffic information via Google Maps. Since Wednesday, passengers of De Lijn can check whether their bus or tram will be on time or delayed via Google Maps. Until now, they could only check timetables, but now they get the actual times of […]

NMBS/SNCB’s electricity bill €60 million higher already

March 10, 2022

The high electricity prices cost Belgian railway company NMBS/SNCB tens of millions euros. According to Mobility Minister Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo), NMNS/SNCB estimates the total additional costs compared to 2020 at more than 61,5 million euros. The country’s largest electricity user, the railway company expects the cost of electricity for train traction (i.e., to run the […]

T&E: ‘Why flying less is best way to sustainable aviation’

March 08, 2022

Today, Transport & Environment (T&E), the European Federation for Transport and Environment, publishes its ‘Roadmap to climate-neutral aviation’. According to the organization, progress in technology and the lessons learned during the pandemic have shown a way to green aviation in Europe. To bring Europeʼs aviation industry in line with our climate goals, binding measures have […]

Volvo’s XC40 to bring wireless charging one step closer

March 07, 2022

Volvo is today showcasing a wireless charging solution for its electrically powered vehicles. In addition, a small fleet of Volvo XC40 electric taxis will use a wireless charging solution using induction technology in their car parks in Gothenburg, Sweden. To be clear, Volvo will not be offering a wireless charging solution for production models tomorrow […]

Tier acquires Ford daughter Spin to become world’s largest

March 04, 2022

On Wednesday, Tier Mobility, Europe’s leading shared mobility provider, announced its acquisition of Ford’s subsidiary Spin, which specialized in shared electric bikes and scooters. Through this acquisition, Tier expands into North America, becoming the largest multimodal micro-mobility operator globally in terms of number of cities and vehicles. The purchase price or other financial information about […]

Brussels’ Sainctelette-IJzer area will get complete make-over

March 02, 2022

Brussels Mobility wants to reorganize the Sainctelette Square and the IJzer Square that are lying side by side. Both squares should become one open space with more room and comfort for cyclists, pedestrians, and public transport. About three years ago, the Sainctelette Square was ‘declared’ Brussels’ most dangerous junction. The actual reorganization plans should alter […]

Ghent introduces first e-buses of De Lijn

March 02, 2022

Ghent is the third Flemish city to introduce silent and emission-free e-buses from public transport company De Lijn. The buses will be used on line 6, between ‘Gent Watersportbaan & Mariakerke Post’ as of Tuesday. The e-buses in Ghent are products of VDL. They have a 200 km range, and they will be charged overnight […]

Toyota puts Mirai’s fuel cell in new generation bus

March 01, 2022

Together with its commercial vehicle subsidiary Hino and partner Isuzu, Toyota plans the development of a hydrogen bus model using the fuel cell stack from the Mirai. The three companies have agreed to begin studying and planning this zero-emission route bus, which, according to Toyota, has its part to play in the conversion of Japan […]

Belgian rail gets 445 million euros extra to invest

February 28, 2022

Belgian rail network manager, Infrabel, and rail company NMBS/SNCB will be able to invest an additional 445 million euros in the coming years thanks to European and federal money. The money comes on top of the investments via the traditional allocations they receive. For Infrabel, it is 357 million euros, for NMBS/SNCB 88 million euros. […]

‘Most European cities not ready for zero-emission mobility’

February 25, 2022

Most of the most prominent Belgian cities will still have a long way before achieving ‘clean, active, and shared mobility’. That is the conclusion of a study by the Clean Cities Campaign, a coalition of European regions. The study criticized the cities according to five criteria: traffic safety, air quality, local authorities’ measures (like low-emission […]

Brussels Central metro station gets major renovation

February 24, 2022

The Brussels Central metro station will get a thorough facelift as of March 1st. The works for the 35 million-euro project will last until 2027. During the entire period, the metro station must remain operational. The Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB announced this on Wednesday. The metro station, which is connected to the train station […]

‘23% more aggression against public transport staff’

February 18, 2022

Last year, the public transport companies in Belgium registered 4 787 cases of aggression against their staff, a 23% increase compared to 2020. This means that aggression is a daily phenomenon, with an average of 13 cases a day. The aggression is directed to train conductors, bus and tram drivers, safety staff, stewards, and ticket […]

Belgian company starts mass-production of ‘green’ railway ties

February 17, 2022

The East Flemish concrete producer De Bonte will mass-produce green cross ties – green in both senses of the word – made from sulfur concrete. Sulfur is a waste product of the chemical industry. The result is a solid and environmentally friendly construction material. On Wednesday, the company officially inaugurated a new production line in […]

Single tickets De Lijn 25% more expensive

February 15, 2022

The Flemish public transport company, De Lijn, will increase its fares as of April 1st. And it’s not an April Fool’s joke. The cheapest ticket for a one-way trip will become a quarter more expensive, and the so-called ‘m ticket’ will go up from €2 to €2,5. The government wanted to bring the different fares […]

France to subsidize electric truck up to €150.000

February 15, 2022

France is willing to subsidize the purchase of an electric or hydrogen truck, bus, or coach up to 65% of the difference with its diesel sibling. For trucks, up to 26 tons, and buses, this can be as high as 100 000 euros, heavy-weight e-trucks even 150.000. It also applies to converting ICE vehicles to […]

Johan Sauwens new chairman of De Lijn

February 14, 2022

Johan Sauwens (Trots of Bilzen), Mayor of Bilzen and former Flemish Minister, is the new chairman of the Board of Directors of public transport company De Lijn. The Flemish government decided this on Friday, on the proposal of Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open Vld). Sauwens, who was one of the founders of De Lijn in […]

VDL casts first stone of new e-bus plant in Roeselare

February 09, 2022

Bus and coach manufacturer VDL has officially started the construction of a new, energy-neutral production unit in Roeselare (West Flanders). The plant is situated in the industrial zone ‘Krommebeek’ in Roeselare. The new factory will build 800 electric buses a year – twice as much as today – and production is expected to start in […]

All German trains to run diesel-free by 2040

February 07, 2022

Germany’s main railway operator, Deutsche Bahn, wants to completely ban the use of diesel for its locomotives by 2040. Its 3 000 diesel locomotives will be gradually switched to alternative fuels starting this year, CEO Richard Lutz said Sunday. The elimination of diesel fuels by 2040 comes on top of the switch to using 100% […]

Vias: 20% of Belgians use an e-bike now

February 07, 2022

Soft mobility has gained new followers over the past year, thanks to the e-bike, now used by 20% of the Belgian population. That is what the latest Vias Institute barometer says. The use of the car is decreasing in Wallonia and Brussels. In Wallonia from 81 to 76%, in Brussels from 63 to 57%. Flanders […]

EIB study: ‘Belgians consider climate but still want to fly’

February 02, 2022

More than sixty percent of Belgians say they consider climate change when choosing a holiday destination, but a majority of them (56%) still plan to fly next summer. That is one of the things a recent climate survey by the European Investment Bank discovered. One other is that 63% of Belgian car buyers say they […]

Alstom to supply NMBS/SNCB with 50 new e-locomotives

February 02, 2022

The French train manufacturer Alstom is going to build 50 locomotives for Belgian railway company NMBS/SNCB. The first order of 24 units represents a €120 million investment. Delivery of the first vehicles will start in 2026. The new, electric Traxx locomotives will be used for domestic passenger transport and cross-border journeys between Belgium, the Netherlands, […]

Six months delay for first hydrogen MIVB/STIB bus

January 31, 2022

The big test of the hydrogen bus of the Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB has been delayed. The first test runs were scheduled for September last year, but the test with passengers onboard has now been postponed for six months. “It will arrive on the network on 7 February,” says MIVB/STIB spokesperson Françoise Ledune. “The […]

De Lijn: favorable fares from Antwerp P+R to city center

January 31, 2022

Public transport company De Lijn temporarily offers favorable fares for those who travel from a Park-and-Ride zone to the city of Antwerp. Users of one of the Park-and-Ride (P+R) zones can park their cars and comfortably continue their trip by bus or tram. Travelers can opt for a monthly subscription (€35) or a ten-ride ticket […]

D’Ieteren’s Poppy user base surpasses 100.000 in four years

January 31, 2022

A few days after D’Ieteren’s car and e-scooter sharing service Poppy Mobility blew its fourth birthday candle, the user base counter exceeds more than 100 000 today, the company heralds in a new press release. The free-floating fleet, operational in Antwerp, Brussels, Malines, and three airports, consists of 700 cars and 550 electric kick scooters. […]

Liège wants more bicycle parking spots

January 28, 2022

This year, Alderman for Mobility in Liège, Gilles Foret (MR), is planning an awareness campaign for the private sector regarding secure bicycle parking facilities. He aims to push companies to swap parking spots reserved for cars to ones for bicycles. The TEC is also pushing for bicycle facilities. This Thursday, the Walloon transport company announced […]

‘Corona made De Lijn lose 10% of its passengers permanently’

January 21, 2022

The Flemish public transport company, De Lijn, has permanently lost 10% of its passengers due to corona. In 2021, De Lijn transported 42% fewer passengers than in pre-corona times, and 2022 will probably fall short of expectations. “Some of our customers have definitely chosen for other means of transport,” says Ann Schoubs, director-general of De […]

BMC acquires Stoomlink to improve traveller experience

January 20, 2022

Belgian Mobility Card (BMC), the joint subsidiary of Belgium’s four public transport operators (NMBS/SNCB, MIVB/STIB, Tec, and De Lijn), is buying the startup Stoomlink. The latter specializes in creating new digital solutions to simplify travel with public transport. Through this acquisition, BMC aims to simplify the journey of intermodal customers. This means providing information and […]

Van Hool to build 21 e-tram-buses for Swedish Malmö

January 20, 2022

The Belgian bus and coach manufacturer, Van Hool, has just signed a contract to deliver 21 double-articulated, battery-electric tram-buses. The 21 emission-free vehicles are destined for public transport in the Swedish city of Malmö as of mid-2022. The ExquiCity plug-in vehicles, as the Van Hool tram-buses are called, are 24 meters long and will be […]

Keolis risks €1,25 million fine for low-quality Chinese e-buses

January 19, 2022

In the Netherlands, public bus operator Keolis has been struggling from the very beginning with the low quality of its electric buses, delivered by the world’s biggest bus manufacturer, Chinese BYD. It now risks a €1,25 fine from the provinces of Gelderland, Overijssel, and Flevoland, where 259 of these e-buses are driving around, causing frustration. […]

Touring pleads to extend mobility budget for all

January 12, 2022

Seven out of ten Belgian citizens plead for the introduction of a mobility budget for all employees. Today, only those with a company car can claim it. “By making the formula accessible for all working employees, and adding some improvements, it would become far more popular,” Lorenzo Stefani, spokesperson for Touring told Sud Presse. The […]

Acerta: ‘22% of all Belgian employees got a company car’

January 12, 2022

According to HR company Acerta, there have never been as many company cars. In 2021, 22% of all employees benefited from one, which is 2,6% more than in 2020, and even 26,1% more than five years ago. Nearly two-thirds of company cars are still diesel-powered, while hybrids grew in one year from 2,5% to 5,7% […]

MIVB/STIB at 90% of pre-pandemic attendance

January 11, 2022

During the last two months of 2021, the frequentation of the Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB returned for the first time to more than 90% of its pre-pandemic rate. This is reported by CEO Brieuc de Meeûs in the 2021 report. Although the numbers tend to fall off during a wave, for the CEO, it […]

CSC union sees free public transport in Wallonia ‘achievable’

January 07, 2022

According to the CSC National Secretary in charge of Wallonia, Marc Becker, free public transport in Wallonia is a social affair in addition to an issue of mobility. Such a measure would help to reduce social inequalities. The union notes that companies should also pitch in to finance free public transport, which it estimates at […]

Shared Velo bikes in Antwerp made 4,5 million trips in 2021

January 07, 2022

Last year, the Antwerp shared bicycle platform, Velo, registered a total of 4,482 million rides or 288 000 more than in 2020. In 2019, Velo still registered a total of 6,8 million rides, but the popularity of the red bikes waned when the corona crisis broke out. In 2020, the use of Velo bikes decreased […]

Dutch companies to report CO2 emissions of their employees

January 06, 2022

The Dutch government wants companies with a hundred employees or more to measure and report the emission levels of their staff. Employers will be forced to register how much CO2 their staff emits while traveling for the job or commuting. Having an overview of all these emission data and acting accordingly should finally lead to […]

Dutch ‘invasion’ causes chockfull roads and trains in Belgium

December 29, 2021

The Dutch are in lockdown again. Shops, bars, and restaurants are closed, and the Dutch are massively crossing the borders for a day out in Belgium, despite calls of the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD), the Dutch rail NS, and Antwerp governor Cathy Berx to stay home. As a consequence, traffic on roads and […]

VAB: ‘Flemish favor car more often than before corona’

December 29, 2021

Since the corona crisis, the Flemish are more likely to disregard public transport, opting instead for bicycles or cars. This is what mobility club VAB concludes from its Mobility Barometer, an online survey of 2 000 Flemish people conducted at the end of November. The survey shows that one in three respondents who regularly use […]

Waymo partners with Zeekr for purpose-built robot taxi

December 29, 2021

Waymo, the ‘Alphabet-Google daughter’ running a fleet of autonomous taxis in Phoenix and San Francisco today, is partnering with Chinese luxury brand Zeekr for a purpose-built robot taxi. The fully electric AV (autonomous vehicle) will be designed by Geely’s research and development facility in Gothenburg, Sweden. The new vehicle will be rider-centric from the outset, […]

British Arrival’s electric bus ready for testing

December 28, 2021

British EV startup Arrival, pioneering a new production model with so-called distributed ‘Micro-Factories’ to build its EVs – buses and vans – locally to keep investments and prices low, has started street tests with its Arrival Bus in the UK. The decentralized method helps source components locally (if available) and avoids too much transport, which […]

Flex-abo of SNCB/NMBS for part-time commuters in 2022

December 27, 2021

A flexible season ticket for part-time home-working commuters will be introduced by the Belgian railway company SNCB/NMBS in 2022. Subscribers need a smartphone to be able to use it. This ‘flex-abo’ will be available for the bigger clients of the national railway company (companies that offer a season ticket to their employees) – representing some […]

Sick pilots force Lufthansa to cancel 33.000 flights

December 24, 2021

The German airline company Lufthansa has canceled several long-distance flights due to a shortage of pilots. Many pilots are ill and the company is forced to reschedule and even reduce the flights planned for January and February. Subsidiary company Brussels Airlines has had similar problems and also had to cancel one flight so far. “The […]

Flanders: €11 million for children with special needs school transport

December 22, 2021

The Flemish government is planning to invest an additional 11 million euros in the transport of pupils with special needs. Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), wants to have an action plan ready by the end of January to tackle the transport problem structurally. Car importer D’Ieteren and Huks, a Belgian company offering […]

NMBS/SNCB orders 98 new double-deck carriages from Alstom

December 21, 2021

Belgian railway company NMBS/SNCB has ordered 98 additional M7 double-deck vehicles from French train manufacturer Alstom. The order is part of a general agreement signed in 2015 for the delivery of 1 362 M7 carriages of which NMBS/SNCB already ordered 747. The M7 carriages will be assembled at Alstom in Bruges, on the former site […]

Airbus rakes in major orders from Qantas and Air France-KLM

December 17, 2021

The Australian airline company Qantas is planning to replace its actual fleet of Boeings for inland flights with Airbus planes. The European aircraft builder Airbus has signed a contract with Qantas. The prices of the deal were not mentioned. Meanwhile, also Air France-KLM has placed an order for 100 machines at Airbus; some 60 more […]

De Lijn to build largest depot for e-buses in Ghent

December 16, 2021

Public transport company De Lijn has applied for a permit to exploit a depot for 40 electric buses in Wissenhage, Ghent. The number of e-buses will increase considerably in the coming years, and they all will need charging and shelter. The site in Wissenhage is 14 hectares and will become De Lijn’s largest depot. The […]

EU plan: faster trains, EV chargers, and H2-stations along TEN-T network

December 15, 2021

The EU Commission has presented a four-pillar Action Plan for a cleaner, greener, and smarter mobility on the cross-border transport network through Europe and its nine major corridors. That means shifting more passengers and freight to rail and inland waterways, the roll-out of charging points every 60 km along highways, hydrogen filling stations at 150 […]

Brussels fast tram line 9 now links Simonis to Heysel

December 13, 2021

The extension of the fast tram line 9 in the northwest of Brussels is completed. It now connects metro station Simonis to the King Boudewijn station, near the Heysel plateau, in 20 minutes, passing through the center of Jette, the Centenary Square, the UZ Brussels, and de Model City. The extension, which was inaugurated on […]

At least 8 bicycle places for every new Belgian train

December 13, 2021

All new trains of Belgian railway company NMBS/SNCB will have at least eight places for bicycles starting in 2025. This is stated in a preliminary draft law by Minister of Mobility, Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo), the Council of Ministers approved on Friday. The obligation will apply to new trains that are put into service. Existing trains […]

World’s first: fleet of electric sightseeing buses in Brussels

December 09, 2021

Due to the pandemic, the Brussels tourist buses have been at a standstill for a while. However, Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB and the French urban transport company RATP Dev will be rerunning them this winter, bringing out the world’s first fully electric fleet of sightseeing buses. This winter, two electric buses will be running […]