It’s a big mess that looms on the roads of Liège. A portion of the Cointe tunnel, damaged by severe flooding in July, remains closed to traffic. With the return to school, the authorities fear a congestion of the main axes. The City of Liège, the police and the Walloon Minister of Mobility presented on Tuesday an action plan to try to deal with this situation.
Supervision of heavy goods vehicle traffic
Truck drivers are also advised to avoid the N61, at the bottom of the valley, which crosses disaster areas and to use the motorway.
A reinforced bus offer
The second part of the plan is to encourage motorists to leave their cars in the garage and to use the bus or train for their trips.
A new TEC line sees the light of day on September 1st. Line 158 will connect Chênée and Sart-Tilman.
Another new line: line 39, between the P + R parking in Vottem and the city center. It is free and will be active from September 1 to mid-October.
In addition, the frequency of buses on the Express Marche – Liège (E20) and Arlon-Liège (E69) lines has been increased: one bus per hour on these two lines, in both directions.
Free load-shedding car parks near stations
At Angleur station, 139 additional parking spaces will be available to park your car before taking the train. The load-shedding car parks at Ans and Esneux stations also remain accessible and will be free.
For disaster victims, the entire TEC and SNCB network will be free until the end of October. These people must report on the site of the Walloon Region.
In addition, the premiums for the purchase of a bicycle are revised upwards. under certain conditions.
Finally, the authorities ask the people of Liège to stay telework, when possible.
Incentives rather than coercive measures
Most of the measures set out by the City of Liège and the Walloon Minister for Mobility are in fact based on the goodwill of the people of Liège. Rather, it is a call to change, at least occasionally, one’s habits.
For Willy Demeyer, the mayor of Liège, it is a question of solidarity. “For six weeks, until the partial reopening of the tunnel, we are going to experience a difficult situation. Now is the time for all those who have not been directly affected by these floods to think about how they move to try to build together a mobility solution, with new behaviors “.
The measures taken will be regularly discussed and reassessed depending on the situation on Liège roads.