Brussels abandons idea of tunnel for cars under Meiser
The Brussels Capital-Region will not build a tunnel for cars to travel under Meiserplein, citing a lack of improved quality of life versus cost
Tram tunnel still possible
The junction (pictured) is fed by seven roads and three tramlines, with the Leuvensesteenweg crossing Reyerslaan, which brings traffic from the E40 into Brussels from Leuven and Liège. The government had made plans for the construction of two tunnels under the junction, one for cars and one for trams.
That proposal for a tunnel for cars will not go forward, minister-president Rudi Vervoort and mobility minister Pascal Smet confirmed to brusselnieuws.be. “The reason is simple,” Smet said. “The impact on quality of life would not be sufficient to justify the investment.”
According to a new study commissioned by the government, 40 to 50% of car traffic would use the tunnel, but the traffic using the many roads leading into and out of the junction – the cause of the majority of trouble – would remain above ground. The tunnel would have cost €160 million, as well as ensuring even more traffic chaos in the area during works.
A tram tunnel remains on the table, however. “Trams are in conflict with pedestrians, cyclists and other traffic, so that’s still necessary,” Smet said. “Apart from that, one of the lines will probably become a metro in the future.”
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