Brussels brings forward car free city centre
A large part of the centre of the city of Brussels is being turned into a pedestrian precinct.
Transport city cabinet member Els Ampe told the Belgian press agency Belga that it looked likely the operation would start before 18 July. The city, the Brussels Region and the Brussels local transport company MIVB are staging a joint news conference on Monday to announce the date. Simulations will also be revealed to show how roads will cope with the traffic banned from the centre.
The operation launches an eight month test phase. Cars are being banned from what has been labelled the 'light pink or comfort' zone indicated on the map in light pink. Deliveries will be allowed at certain times and exceptions will be made for the transport of people with mobility issues. Only local traffic will be allowed in streets in the 'dark pink' zone. Parking spaces on the Zuidlaan and the Anspachlaan will disappear.