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    After extensive renovations, Brussels square will reopen

    © Pascal Smet
    © Pascal Smet

    City transport buses and some vehicles will be able to drive through Place Fernand Cocq, in the Ixelles municipality of Brussels, as of Friday, when a ceremony to mark the near-end of renovations is set to take place.

    Bus lines 54 and 71 will resume their previous route through the square via the Chaussée d’Ixelles, after being deviated for a little more than a year due to extensive renovations in the square.

    Night buses 9 and 10 will also regain their spots in the square.

    While renovations in the square are not completely finished, a ceremony to inaugurate the newly renovated square is organised by municipal authorities on Friday around 17:00, which will include live music and a “banquet.”

    Residents of the area are welcome to take part in the festivities organised by the square’s merchants alongside Brussels Mobility Minister Pascal Smet and Ixelles Mayor Christos Doulkeridis.

    The renovations in Place Fernand Cocq are part of a larger plan to make the nearby and recently-renovated Chaussée d’Ixelles pedestrian-only, with only public transport, taxis and residential vehicles allowed from 07:00 AM until 19:00.

    Both the avenue and the square could eventually become permanently pedestrian-only if local authorities approve of a plan currently under study to reorganise vehicle circulation in the area.

    Gabriela Galindo
    The Brussels Times