One-way traffic on Brussels north-south roads

24th November 2005, Comments 0 comments

24 November 2005, BRUSSELS — The central north-south roads that run through the Brussels city centre will be narrowed from four to two lanes in the spring of next year.

24 November 2005

BRUSSELS — The central north-south roads that run through the Brussels city centre will be narrowed from four to two lanes in the spring of next year.

Additionally, the Brussels City Council has independently decided to construct continuous bike paths and allow car traffic to only travel in one direction.

The changes are designed as a radical test phase as the Brussels Council and regional government consider permanent changes to the north-south routes, such as the Lemonnierlaan, the Anspachlaan and the Maxlaan.

Besides the continuous bikes paths, the other notable change is the introduction of one-way traffic. While cars drive from north to south, the traffic lights on the other side of the street will be red and facing the opposite direction.

The roads currently have four lanes — two lanes for each travel direction — but each side of the road will be reduced to just one lane and the entire road will be converted to one-way traffic.

Cars will be able to cross diagonally from one lane to the other at intersections.

Transport associations believe the changes will help the flow of traffic across the entire city, newspaper 'De Morgen' reported on Thursday.

The plans are modelled on similar systems in Japan and Switzerland, which have reportedly met with success. 

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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