Work on the Brussels pedestrian zone in the city centre needs to be speeded up, Pascal Smet, the Brussels Mobility Minister (SP), said on Saturday. He spoke to the Soir and De Standaard.
The Flemish Socialist thinks the pedestrian zone is “essential for the development of the town”. However, he thinks there is no need for the planned improvements at De Brouckère and Fontainas. He recommended starting work on the Stock Exchange, rue du Fossé aux Loups and rue du Lombard, the centre of the pedestrian zone, “in the next few months”.
“We need to show Brussels residents and traders that when it is properly laid out, it works. I am convinced of that: people are asking us to continue”, he told Le Soir.
“We need to stop focusing on the debate over Yvan Mayer”, the minister added. He said the pedestrian zone was “a PS-MR-SP.A-Open-VLD project”. He recognised that there had been “a lack of communication and lack of accompaniment” in managing the project.