“A qualitative leap for commuters” The transport minister, François Bellot (MR), announced in Le Soir on Tuesday (26 July) an investment of one billion euro in the railways, including the Regional Express Network (RER).
“It is a productive public investment,” he says, “more than what was expected or forecasted in the regular investment plan.”
“Although it inflates the overall debt of the company, it’s a virtuous debt, and will quickly have a positive socio-economic impact, not the least because the interest rate will flatten out during the period,” he explains.
He added that this shows that “The state can act. We can convince Europe to enable us to operate.”
The investment will mainly serve to complete the works on the RER. “It’s good for both Wallonia and Flanders – there are 50 railway stations on one side and 80 on the other side.”
According to the minister, the investment is a “qualitative leap in the service of the users, in particular the commuters.”