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Belliard tunnel only accessible in rush hours following water leak

21:08 10/09/2019

The Belliard tunnel in Brussels' EU district will only be open during rush hours on Wednesday, to allow for urgent repair works to a burst water pipe.

The incident forced the tunnel to be shut on Tuesday morning, causing a major traffic headache on Rue Belliard and the surrounding streets.

To help keep traffic moving, Brussels Mobility reached a compromise with firefighters to allow vehicles to pass from 16.00-20.00 on Tuesday evening and from 6.00-9.00 on Wednesday morning.

Repair works are being carried out overnight and will resume after 9.00 on Wednesday morning as necessary. The Belliard tunnel is due a major renovation in the near future.

The leak is substantial and any damage to the water systems in a road tunnel requires it to be closed to traffic as a fire safety measure.

"We've reached an agreement with firefighters that this rule can be waived this time, in exchange for putting in place alternative measures", a Brussels Mobility spokeswoman said.

Written by The Bulletin