How will mobility be improved?
In direct connection with our concern about sustainable development, we set out to improve mobility at and around the site.
We examined both green modes of transport, public transport and the private car.
In order to do away with the overwhelming numbers of vehicles parked at the roadside, and to provide a welcoming space for pedestrians and cyclists, it was decided that on-road parking would quite simply be eliminated and the space freed up for broad pedestrian avenues and cycle-ways.
As concerns public transport, cooperation with the STIB (Brussels public transport operator) has been excellent. A new tram depot will be established at the site.
Tram lines 4, 7, 51 and 94 will be extended to a shared terminus on Chaussée Romaine, level with Car Park C, which will be offered the option of conversion into a park-and-ride facility.
By these means, thanks to the fantastic provision of public transport and improvements to present-day vehicular access to the site, the Heyzel Plateau – its leisure areas but also its shops – will offer ease of access that will never be matched by any other location around Brussels.
Access to the new underground car park at the site from the A12 motorway will be upgraded.
By the same token, discussions are under way with the Flemish Region with a view to determining jointly ways of facilitating access from the ring road.
Owing to a judicious mixed-use system (e.g. shops/housing), the number of underground car parking spaces envisaged by the NEO project is much lower than might have been imagined, given the density of new uses planned for the site.
In this respect, NEO is complying fully with good practice regarding the creation of parking places.
Clearly, the project guarantees total convenience in reaching the site for customers of the future shopping mall, visitors to Brussels Expo and the leisure facilities, and the new inhabitants.