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Cut Brussels ring speed limit to 90kph, says mayor

21:53 15/05/2019

A uniform 90kph speed limit should be be imposed on all of the Brussels ring road to reduce accidents, traffic jams and pollution, according to the mayor of Vilvoorde.

Hans Bonte said the current regulations were confusing motorists and causing stop-start traffic.

Most of the ring has a 120kph speed limit, but this drops to 90kph on the Vilvoorde viaduct and 70kph on a 13km stretch through Forest and Drogenbos due to lighting replacement works.

"A more uniform regulation of speed is not only more understandable for the motorist, it also allows a better traffic flow and a reduction of CO2 emissions," he said.

Meanwhile, the Brussels government is expected on Thursday to confirm the planned demolition of the Herrmann-Debroux viaduct, where the E411 motorway enters Brussels.

It will be replaced with an "urban boulevard" running from Rouge Cloître to Delta, with two lanes in each direction and a 50kph speed limit.

Tram line 8 would be extended to Rouge-Cloître, where a park-and-ride facility would be built. A public inquiry into the changes is expected in the autumn.

Written by The Bulletin

Comments

barryprasberry@...

Tram line 8 extended to Rouge-Cloitre and a park and ride facility built? Now that sounds scary. Where is there space for a P+R without building on forest or sports facilities? Carrefour carpark currently operates as a de facto P+R. Any new P+R should be built outside of the ring and metro extended accordingly. Belgian politics will not allow that of course.

May 16, 2019 09:17
Anon3

This is scary and discouraging, Any engineering studies made, any feasibility studies? Just 2-bit politicians and half-baked ideas. Besides the threat (and irreparable ecological damage) this will cause to the surrounding forest and wildlife, not to mention the local population, do these megalomaniac politicians really believe that traffic jams and slow-moving traffic is less polluting?
The roundabout at Carrefour Leonard was blocked off from one day to the next, with no prior announcement and even without traffic signs warning of the closure. This forces cars coming from Brussels to do an extra 6-8 km if they want to go north or west.
Are they any post-demolition plans already made as viaduct replacement? Or will it be another joke like Reyers. Demolish and then abandon for 5 or 6 years? No works have started there yet (https://www.rtbf.be/info/regions/detail_les-travaux-de-reamenagement-du-...).
Surely such major decisions affecting thousands of people daily and others when they have the joy of trying to reach centre Brussels should be put in the hands of engineers and other experts and not just left to the whims of politicians who may be about to lose their precious positions in the upcoming elections?

May 16, 2019 11:20
CM

Very good news about the Hermann-Debroux viaduct, an ulcer on the face of Auderghem for many a long year.

The proposals for the cycle infrastructure along the end of the E411 are great. It's about time Brussels stopped pandering to people driving diesel belching company cars and started thinking about local people's health.

May 16, 2019 18:41
paradox

The ring is what we call a "cluster fuck"....it needs to be destroyed. The only real problem in Brussels is TRUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKS...but NOONE will talk about this.

May 17, 2019 11:28
rsgharris@gmail.com

60% of the trucks and 50% of the cars on Belgium's highways are not Belgian. Being the crossroads of Western Europe geographically creates a problem that is very difficult if impossible to solve.

May 20, 2019 16:53