Kortrijk tests innovative “trambus”

Summary

Visitors to the Hoog Kortrijk area can take the trambus from the city’s station for free during a trial period of the innovative new vehicles that mix the best of trams and buses

To Kortrijk Xpo in minutes

Until 23 October, the City of Kortrijk is testing a so-called trambus, the first to be used in Belgium. This hybrid between a tram and bus, said the city, combines the advantages of a stable tram trajectory – like punctuality – with the flexibility of buses.

Two trambuses are taking passengers from the train station to the area Hoog Kortrijk in the south of the city, home to Kortrijk Xpo, AZ Groeninge hospital and the University of Leuven’s Kulak campus. An exhibition called Busworld, sponsored by the bus and coach industry, is taking place from 16 to 21 October in Kortrijk Xpo.

The city is considering deploying trambuses on a permanent basis to improve the connection between the centre and Hoog Kortrijk, which would greatly benefit students, staff and patients of the hospital and visitors to Kortrijk Xpo.

The use of the trambus is currently free. Passengers receive a survey in which they can rate the effectiveness of the service. The trambuses are constructed by Van Hool from Antwerp province. They are 24 metres long, have space for 157 passengers, reach a speed of 70 kilometres per hour and cost €950,000 each. The trial project costs €12,000 and is set up in collaboration with the government of Flanders, public transport authority De Lijn and Busworld. 

Photo courtesy CD&V Kortrijk

Traffic in Flanders

Thousands of commuters and foreigners pass through Brussels and Flanders each day, and the two regions have suffered from heavily congested traffic and long and frequent traffic jams for years – with no end seemingly in sight.
Record - According to the 2013 report from traffic information platform Inrix, Brussels and Antwerp have the most traffic congestion of any city in Europe and North America.
Calendar - October is the worst month of the year for traffic jams.
Causes - Year after year, heavy snowfall and railway strikes lead to monster traffic jams. Heavy congestion, infrastructure works and multi-lane accidents cause the more ordinary daily tailbacks.
1 285

largest area covered in traffic ever recorded in Belgium in kilometres

70

time Antwerp drivers spend in gridlock per year in hours

10 000

traffic diversions in Flanders per year