Reconnection of Brussels port to rail network should reduce air pollution and traffic

From 2024, the port of Brussels will be reconnected to the rest of the European rail network. The plan was approved on Wednesday following an agreement between the federal and Brussels governments, the Brussels Times writes.

"The return of rail freight to the port of Brussels has been one of my objectives to reduce air pollution from road transport," said Brussels Environment minister Alain Maron of francophone green party Ecolo.

"With the expansion of the container terminal, the development of urban distribution centres and now this rail link, we will significantly improve the supply of Brussels and at the same time reduce the number of lorries on our roads, making Brussels a more pleasant place to live."

The renewal of the link between the railway and the port of Brussels will open up new logistical opportunities

To carry out the necessary work, federal Mobility minister Georges Gilkinet will include the budget in the multi-annual investment plan of railway company Infrabel. "The renewal of the link between the railway and the port of Brussels will open up new logistical opportunities for all companies wishing to reduce their environmental footprint and ease congestion throughout Brussels," he said.

Revitalising railways

The link is part of the federal government's aim to "revitalise" the country's railways. "The objective is clear: we want to double the volume of goods transported by rail by 2030. This new line will make a major contribution to this, while ensuring the port's economic development."

Once completed, the improved infrastructure will mean up to 18,500 fewer lorries will pass through Brussels. "This is good for the economy, climate, road safety and the quality of life of the people of Brussels," said Gilkinet.



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