RINGLAND
Peter Vermeulen
6 December 2017, 18:00-20:00
De Molen Auritorium - Kasteelpark Arenberg 50 3001 Heverlee

Traffic congestion in Antwerp, Belgium is among the worst experienced in Europe. The closure of the Ring Road round Antwerp was proposed as a solution by a small group of people 20 years ago. This concept has since been extended through a proposal to cap the entire Ring Road -moving the motorway underground- following pressure and ideas put forward by local citizens and civic groups. Under the direction of a superintendent, appointed to lead the evaluation of this project, an agreement between local citizens and the government was reached in March 2017.

The project for the capping of the Ring Road tackles mobility and improves the quality of life around the Ring (noise pollution and poor air quality). It offers new green open space between the inner city and the suburbs, along with space for urban development near public transport hubs. This project is now part of a new public policy aimed at sustainable mobility, with a maximum 50/50 modal split in the region of Antwerp, to be achieved by 2030. There are design assignments in place today relating to this fascinating urban design concept, the achievement of which is anticipated during the next 10 years.