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Hooray for Brabantnet 11 November 2012

Posted by cooperatoby in Brussels, tram.
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Tomorrow, public consultation starts on 4 new tramlines to ease the lot of commuters into Brussels from Flanders. Three are radial – from Boom, Heist-op-den-Berg and Ninove in to the centre – and the last is a tangential line from Jette to Tervuren via Zaventem – relieving pressure on the notorously overloaded NE quadrant of the Ring. Here’s an outline map:

The 4 new tramlines proposed as part of Brabantnet


These lines have been prioritised because they fill the gaps in the railway network and should relieve congestion motorway congestion. A full presentation showing travelling times, car occupancy and traffic jam likelihood is on the Brabantnet website. Route proposals are here.

Update 19 Nov 13 – STIB has doubts

Seemingly bad news – Brusselenieuws reports that STIB’s director Brieuc de Meeūs opposes De Lijn running through services to Nord: “Everything is well taken in terms of mobility and the proposed lines are a good addition to the RER. But there are technical problems. De Lijn wants an express tram but it will lose time when it arrives in Brussels. It is not possible in to integrate it into the STIB network, and passengers will have to change trams.”

Update 6 Dec 13 – 2 routes approved

The Flemish government has approved two of the routes (see maps) – from Noord & Jette to the airport and Willebroek. Negotiation is now on about whether De Lijn can run through Brussels territory (like its buses happily do) or not. I hope sense and passenger convenience will prevail. Imagine if the railway was regionalised too!

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