Pedestrian zone works start this month

Summary

The pedestrian zone in Brussels has been in place for two years, but finally works are about to begin on laying a congruent surface and adding green space and other infrastructure

Taking shape

The surface renovations of the pedestrian zone in central Brussels will begin this month, new Brussels-City mayor Philippe Close has confirmed. The first stage concerns laying a new surface on Aanspachlaan between Wolvengracht and Grétrystraat.

We are about to start with the first phase, some 50 metres of the Anspachlaan,” Close said. “I would call it a test phase, which will show us what is to come. That's been the problem up until now: We can show videos and plans, but people want to see how it will be in reality.”

Ultimately, the entire zone will be furnished with a unified ground surface in blue stone, green spaces, fountains, smart rubbish bins and cycle lanes.

The zone was launched in the summer of 2015, when Aanspachlaan between Fontainasplein and De Brouckèreplein as well as the section of Zuidstraat between Lombardstraat and Bogaardenstraat and between Steenstraat and Kolenmarkt was closed to traffic. Several sides streets are also included in the zone.

However, the original plans have been adapted along the way, based on complaints by local business, in particular the Metropole Hotel, where guests could not arrive at the entrance by car.

Photo: The space will soon feel like a real pedestrian zone, with a blue stone surface, green spaces and fountains
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