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Brussels car park attracts just six drivers

A commuter car park on the outskirts of Brussels that was meant to reduce traffic coming into the capital has so far attracted just six drivers. The Parking C car park of the Heizel conference site was meant to ease traffic congestion in the city following the closure of the Leopold II tunnel, one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, for major renovation works this weekend.

Just six of the car park’s 1,000 spots were occupied by drivers on Monday morning.

Located in the municipality of Grimbergen, Flemish Brabant, the car park is a 10-minute walk from the Heizel metro station and tram station. By opening the car park to all commuters free of charge, city officials hoped to encourage drivers to leave their car at the car park and switch to public transport to travel into the city.

Concerns about red tap may have played a role in deterring drivers from using the car park as drivers were required to print out a free voucher beforehand.

That will no longer be necessary from tomorrow on, according to a statement from Brussels Mobility.

Photo credit: Belga

Linda A. Thompson
The Brussels Times