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Popular Rue Sainte-Catherine to become part of pedestrian zone

19:05 24/06/2020

The cobblestoned Rue Sainte-Catherine in the centre of Brussels will become car-free by next year, according to Ans Persoons (, Brussels-City councillor for urban planning. She emphasises the historical character of the street and its popularity with pedestrians.

“We are applying for the permit and taking bids to carry out the related works,” Persoons said in a Facebook post. “Works will take a maximum of four months.” She expects the new street to be able to debut next spring.

Rue Sainte-Catherine is home to many shops, eateries and bars both trendy and traditional, including Dierendonck butchers, Frites Atelier and Monk. The street runs between Place Sainte-Catherine and Rue des Poissonniers. Straight across des Poissonniers is Rue Paul Devaux, already part of the pedestrian zone. The transformation of Rue Sainte-Catherine, then, will act as an extension of the pedestrian zone.

“We have planned many discussions with the businesses and the residents in the neighbourhood,” said Persoons. “They still have until 4 July to bring up any concerns and make proposals.”

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Written by Lisa Bradshaw