The government of the Brussels-Capital Region is planning to create 10 000 parking spots in different Park-and-ride locations on the city’s outskirts.

The measure aims to increase the number of commuters who leave their car at the city’s edge and take public transport, reducing traffic congestion and air pollution in the city centre.

The strategy has been under discussion for several years, but is now seeing the first steps for its implementation.

In the next two years existing Park-and-ride facilities at terminuses of Brussels’ metro network will receive over 1 500 spaces collectively.

From the end of 2016 a much larger expansion will get underway, adding some 8 000 new parking spaces. Some existing Park-and-ride facilities will receive 1 000 new spaces each, and five new facilities will also be developed.

An expansion of parking facilities is also planned for the metro extension to Brussels Expo, Belgium’s largest exhibition space. Negotiations are currently in progress with the Flemish government as the expansion would be sited outside the Brussels-Capital Region in Flanders.

Original author: Lewis Macdonald
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