Finally radio reception in tunnels

30th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

30 October 2007, BRUSSELS – Next month motorists will finally be able to listen to the radio again in the Brussels tunnels. The new broadcasting system will start operation in phases.

30 October 2007

BRUSSELS – Next month motorists will finally be able to listen to the radio again in the Brussels tunnels. The new broadcasting system will start operation in phases.

It has long annoyed anyone driving to Brussels from Flanders: as soon as one drives under the Koekelberg there is no more radio reception. Irritation has been growing on internet forums.

"I also receive complaints regularly," says Brussels minister Pascal Smet (SP.A). "They've waited much too long to update the old system."

Last year the installation of an entirely new transmission system was commissioned. A new broadcasting station was first built on the CCN building at the Brussels-Noord train station. At the moment new fibre optic cables are being installed in the 14 Brussels tunnels. This is taking place in four phases, the first of which will be completed on 21 November.

From then the motorist will finally be able to benefit from the new broadcasting system. First in the Rogiertunnel (betweem Rogier and IJzer), just two days later in the Kruidtuintunnel and eventually in the rest of the tunnels in Brussels.

The last tunnel to be radio-ready will be the Leopold II tunnel – 2.5 km between the IJzer and the Koekelberg basilica.  The entire operation should be complete by 1 February next year.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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