The Brussels region has just introduced new safety requirements for the capital’s road tunnels, L’Echo noted on Friday. The new measures mean that these infrastructures are to be screened every six years.
The previous legislative period was marked by a “tunnels crisis” in 2016, when an inspection resulted in the closure of the Stéphanie tunnel, causing disruption and a media outcry.
So as to assure themselves that future governments will not bury their heads in the sand – something characterising the management of Brussels tunnels for decades – operating authorisations for each infrastructure will have to be renewed every six years.
In the deciding ruling, the Brussels government implemented European standards applicable to tunnels longer than 500 metres.