13-tramThe Bulletin: Brussels mobility minister Pascal Smet has announced his idea to extend the Brussels metro system to include Groot-Bijgaarden, in the Flemish periphery. The initiative would help to smooth out traffic in the capital, says the minister today in De Standaard.

Smet wants to use the recent tunnel crisis as an impetus to finally tackle some of the mobility issues in Brussels. His plan to reform the mobility situation in the capital includes coming up with the estimated €523 million needed to repair and renovate the tunnels.

But it also includes an extension of the metro line from Simonis to Groot-Bijgaarden, on the outskirts of Brussels. The minister would provide a transit parking at the end of the metro line, so that people coming from Ostend or Ghent may leave their car and enter Brussels by metro. “There is an ongoing study for this project,” says Smet.

“I hope the Brussels tunnel dossier can be a catalyst,” he concludes. “Never waste a good crisis.”