Sunday, 17 January 2016
The Brussels government is not planning to definitively close the Brussels tunnels, the Economy minister for the regional government said on Sunday. He was asked about it during his party’s policy congress.
Mr Gosuin was asked about information that indicated the Vervoort government was planning to definitively shut the Brussels tunnels. It was said to be due to the amount of work needed to renovate them. Most of them date from the 70s and 80s, or earlier.
Mr Gosuin confirmed what the Brussels minister for Public works and Transport, Pascal Smet, told the infrastructure commission and the Brussels Parliament last Friday.
A check on the Brussels tunnels is underway. It may become something the Brussels region cannot do alone, but the regional executive is not planning to close the tunnels, Mr Gosuin said.
On Friday, Pascal Smet said there is currently no majority vote in the Brussels Parliament to close them. That doesn’t mean there won’t be a debate about it in the future, he added, but he didn’t give a possible timeline.