Roadworks on Leonard junction: Auderghem takes Flanders to court

The Brussels municipality of Auderghem has taken Flanders to court over roadworks on the Léonard crossroads, where the Brussels ring road meets the E411 on the border between Auderghem and Tervuren. The mayor of the municipality believes Flanders has not sufficiently consulted with the other regions about the potential traffic disruption. The case comes before the court of first instance on Wednesday.

The new phase of work on the junction started on Tuesday morning. These works are accompanied by the closure of the exit towards Waterloo from Auderghem. Auderghem municipality and the Walloon and Brussels regions feared that, without accompanying measures, this would cause a lot of traffic congestion and therefore asked for the works to be postponed. Flemish Mobility minister Lydia Peeters decided, however, to allow the works to start as planned on Tuesday.

Sophie de Vos, mayor of Auderghem, went to court in response. She intends to remind Flanders of the special law of 8 August 1980 on institutional reform, which stipulates that slip roads on the Brussels ring road (R0) can only be closed or rendered unusable after consultation between the regions. This should give pause for consultation with the municipalities and stakeholders concerned.

A spokesperson for Peeters, of Flemish liberals Open VLD, said she did not want to respond to the legal action. The various partners and mobility ministers will meet on Tuesday afternoon to see what measures can be taken to improve the traffic situation, such as circulation plans or additional public transport.


Roadworks are taking place at the Leonard junction between Tervuren and Auderghem | © BELGA PHOTO BENOIT DOPPAGNE

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