Several neighbourhoods in the centre of Brussels will be closed to traffic on Tuesday due to the National Holiday, police said in a press release on Sunday. Place Poelaert, rue de la Régence, Place du Sablon, the roads around the Royal Park, Place du Trône, rue Belliard and rue de la Loi, as well as the roads around the Saints-Michel-et-Gudule cathedral and the Schuman neighbourhood will all be closed to motorists. The Place du Palais will be closed from Monday morning until Wednesday morning. The Place de la Poelaert through to the roads around the Royal Park will remain closed from 5am on Tuesday morning until the end of the celebrations (and the Stéphanie tunnel exit will be closed that night).
During Te Deum, the St-Lazare tunnel will be closed from 6am, while part of the rue Royal, the roads around the cathedral, the Boulevard Pacheco, Boulevard de Berlaimont, Boulevard de l’Impératrice, Boulevard de l’Empereur and rue Loxum, rue Cardinal Mercier and rue le Cantersteen will be open to pedestrians from 7.30am.
No vehicle will be allowed through the Cinquantenaire and Loi tunnels or the Reyers tunnel heading towards the centre, due to the parade. The avenue d‘Auderghem, between la Chasse and Schuman, will also be closed to traffic from midday. The area the parade will pass through (avenue Cortenbergh, avenue des Arts, rue Archimède, rue Lambermont, rue du Luxembourg, rue Montoyer, Place du Trône, and the Schuman roundabout) will be closed between 1pm and 6pm.
Police advise travelers to go to Brussels by train, or park in the available car parks (Crainhem, Heysel, Delta and Roodebeek). They also suggest using the metro, which will provide extra services.
Sarah Johansson (Source: Belga)