Brussels Tunnels – short-term need to secure Léopold II as part of common transport policy.
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    Brussels Tunnels – short-term need to secure Léopold II as part of common transport policy.

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    The socialist representatives in the North-West Brussels region, are appealing for Léopold II Tunnel to be made secure and renovated.
    So decided the Brussels government in 2012, a decision recently confirmed in the Brussels parliament by the Brussels Transport Minister Pascal Smet (of the sp.a – Flemish Social democratic party). It was also confirmed on Wednesday by the Brussels Minister-President Rudi Vervoort (SP), before the select committee responsible for learning lessons from the circumstances of the damage to the Brussels tunnels.

    In a mutual communiqué, Catherine Moureaux (Molenbeek), Ahmed Laaouej (Koekelberg), Michèle Carthé (Ganshoren), Yonnec Polet (Berchem-Sainte-Agethe) Thierry Dumoulin (Jette) and Jamal Ikazban (Molenbeek) requested that this operation be started as part of both a common and multi-modal transport policy.

    For the municipalities and neighbourhoods of the Brussels North-West region, the Léopold II tunnel is, they say, a unique access route to the city centre. Nowadays, its maintenance is a major concern for all inhabitants of these neighbourhoods, many of whom work and therefore use the tunnel.

    However, in their eyes, at the same time as making secure and renovating the Léopold II Tunnel, it is essential to pursue measures and additional action as part of both a multi-modal and shared transport vision, to reduce the traffic pressure and congestion in Brussels, through strengthening public transport (underground, tram, bus, train). This policy also includes the development of cycle paths, the use of Park and Ride, carpool spaces, the RER and in the longer term, the underground to North-West Brussels.

    Oscar Schneider (Source: Belga)