No less than seven STIB public transport lines already serve Heysel. And with the prospect of the NEO project, this number will grow even bigger.
By mid-2019, three new tram lines will link up with Heysel and its new facilities.
The first phase of the development of tram line 9 is currently in progress. Brussels Mobility has also requested planning permission for the extension of this line up to the Heysel plateau. At the same time, STIB has filed for a permit for the extension of tram line 3 to the King Baudouin metro station.
Tram 9 coming from Jette will take Avenue Impératrice Charlotte and then join Rue Miramar, crossing the Heysel plateau from north to south. A new tram depot will be built on the car park next to Hall 12.
This extension will create a loop with tram 3, which has its terminus at Esplanade, tram 7 and 93 (Heysel) and 51 (Roi Baudouin), as well as metro line 6.
It is also planned to link car park C to the Heysel metro station via a cable car system. This will allow commuters to use the car park and continue their journey in Brussels via the numerous public transport lines.
In parallel, transit circulation in front of Brussels Expo halls (opposite the Atomium) will be eliminated and replaced by a “shared space” (tram and local service). This new social space will further increase the closenesss between the southern entrances of Brussels Expo and the Atomium, as well as the overall conviviality of the area.
In addition, circulation in the Heysel area will be totally transformed by a new link road between car park C and the front of the exhibition halls (along Hall 1 of Brussels Expo). This will make it possible to greatly reduce truck traffic on Chaussée Romaine.