Wednesday, 05 November 2014
Brussels Mobility strongly advises people not to travel by car in the capital on the 6th of November due to the national demonstration. The Stib network will be at an almost complete standstill and no bus, tram or metro will run in Brussels. However, Taxi firms will run at full capacity, while the car sharing firms Über and Djump will have offers for road users. “We recommend, if possible, travelling by bike, train or on foot. If the use of a vehicle is unavoidable, we suggest car sharing”, said the Mobiris spokesman Inge Paemen when talking about the national demonstration on the 6th of November.
Several initiatives were announced in the car sharing sector. Djump will exceptionally run during the day: “we want to offer a travel solution to residents of the capital on Thursday. Djump has also put in place a price reduction for the day as well as an email address to allow students needing help to contact Djump as a priority”, says the application’s CEO Tanguy Goretti.
The application Über will offer a reduction of 50% on journeys shared between at least two people. “The aim is to fill up vehicles to keep the roads clear”, says the spokesman Bruno Fierens.
The Taxi sector is also preparing for a very busy day. “In total, 280 vehicles out of 320, 90% of our fleet, will be running on Thursday. We ask the public to plan ahead by allowing for a longer wait before the driver arrives and a longer journey. Traffic will be badly disrupted, particularly at rush hour”, warns Taxi Bleus.
Brussels Mobility expects traffic problems in the centre and South of Brussels. “The demonstration will go from the Bruxelles Nord main station towards Midi between 12pm and 2pm. The risk of traffic jams is very high on the central boulevards and the small ring-road”, concludes Ms Paemen.