Water bus river commuter transport coming to Antwerp
Starting next year, commuters in Antwerp will have access to a water bus, which, among other routes, will link the left bank with the city centre
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The city is seeking co-operative agreements with potential partners, including Flemish public transport company De Lijn and national rail authority NMBS to allow waterbus passengers to link public transport services. The project will go ahead in the meantime regardless, Van Peel said.
The city will initially rent five or six boats, which can be used for commuter traffic as well as more recreational river trips. Van Peel said he had been inspired by the example of Rotterdam, which now operates a daily waterbus service from Dordrecht.
The project will cost an estimated €30 million. The money is part of a budget of €170 million set aside by the city for the completion of the Oosterweel road link to close the Antwerp ring road. As that project has been delayed, the funds can be used for other projects, including mobility. The remaining €140 million is being reserved for the time being for Oosterweel.
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