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Fewer lanes on E40 into Brussels from next week

20:46 09/05/2019

The number of lanes on the E40 motorway approaching Brussels from Liège will be cut from six to four from the end of this week.

The lane reduction was first announced in 2016, when it was described by motorists' association Touring as "madness", and had been on hold since.

Brussels mobility minister Pascal Smet said the region had waited until renovation work on the Reyers tunnels had been completed before going ahead with the lane closure.

"The last tunnel will be ready this weekend," he told Bruzz. "The narrowing will lead to better traffic flow, because there will be fewer weaving movements."

Traffic heading into the city will merge from six lanes to five just after the Cora Woluwe exit (Avenue des Constellations), and down to four lanes near the RTBF on the approach to the Reyers tunnel complex.

A spokesman for Touring said: "It seems the Brussels mobility minister is trying to push things through before the elections. The danger is it will be done in a haphazard way."

Flemish mobility minister Ben Weyts is also not happy: "What kind of cooperation is this?" he asked. "We have repeatedly agreed that if we were to go ahead with this project, we would do a pilot run first."

In the longer term, the Brussels region plans to transform the end of the E40 motorway into an "urban boulevard" with a 50kph speed limit and with separate green space for cyclists and pedestrians.

Photo: Eric Lalmand/Belga

Written by The Bulletin

Comments

Anon3

Smet is actually Minister of Immobility. Is there any other European capital where mere politicians work this hard at increasing traffic congestion and raising pollution levels?

May 10, 2019 10:16
Paul Flaherty

I think this an own goal by Pascal Smet. In fact the number of lanes going into Brussels will be exactly the same as they have been for the last year - but redistributed. So one will open towards Montgomery and one will close (presumably towards Schuman). Most people have long forgotten the time before Reyers closed when there were six lanes

May 10, 2019 17:25