Belgian motorists are more critical towards Walloon roads than Flemish roads, according to a poll released on Sunday. It was done at the request of the Flemish organisation VAB, which looks after VAB motorist’s interests. Although 65% of the Belgian motorists asked think driving on Flemish roads is comfortable or very comfortable, less than half (48%) think the same about Walloon roads.
The poll shows that for visibility when it rains, security and signing, Walloon motorways score lower than motorways in the North of the country. For night visibility, the motorists asked preferred Walloon roads to Flemish roads. 53% of the people asked scored motorways in the South at “good to very good” for this attribute, compared to 47% for motorways in the North.
“Since the 15th July 2011, Flemish motorways have had less lighting than Walloon motorways, which could explain the different scores”, VAB said.
The difference in driving comfort, security and signing between the secondary Walloon and Flemish networks is even more noticeable in the poll. Only three motorists in ten score driving comfort on the secondary Walloon network at “good to very good”, compared to 52% for the Flemish secondary network. For security, 35% of the people asked scored the secondary Walloon network at good or very good, compared to 52% for the Walloon motorways. The scores for the Flemish networks were 54 and 62 percent respectively. The VAB thinks the secondary networks don’t just need investment and maintenance, but they also have to take driving comfort into account.
The poll involved 1,000 Belgian French-speaking motorists and 1,000 Flemish motorists.