Brussels Airport strengthens role as intermodal transport hub

September 12, 2013

On the occasion of European Mobility Week, Brussels Airport presents its vision and strategy for mobility till 2025. 

The sustainable development of the airport region as the 2nd economic growth pole in Belgium and the job creation associated with it need to be secured. To achieve this important measures are required to improve access to the airport region.

Due to its intermodal function the airport not only needs a well-thought-out mobility network, it can also play a key role in solving the mobility issue for the region and for the capital of Europe. A further strengthening of the intermodal hub at the airport will make it possible for passengers, visitors and employees at and in the area of the airport to choose between different modes of transport and to combine them.

According to Brussels Airport the following initiatives would contribute to this goal:

  • A southern access road from the E40 to Brussels Airport would in the long term reduce some of the pressure on the Brussels ring road R0. 
  • Reinforcement of the existing train links for domestic traffic as of 2016 with a direct link to the south of Belgium via the European quarter in Brussels, through the Josaphat Tunnel. This would connect Brussels Airport to all the most important cities in Belgium, although the frequencies would have to be substantially increased.
  • In the long term, short-haul air traffic is expected to have to make way for train links. Good international train links to and from Brussels Airport are therefore essential, especially high-speed links with neighbouring countries. 
  • At the moment the airport is served daily by 1000 busses. It is crucial to maintain this level.
  • Brussels Airport welcomes the planned tram links. The tram station will be located close to the current bus station and above the railway station. This will make Brussels Airport an ideal transit hub which, with the collaboration of its various partners, will serve the whole region.
  • Foreign travellers use the ample supply of taxis intensively. A revision of the supply contract and organised taxi-sharing could further intensify the use of taxis. Taxi-sharing could be particularly beneficial for employees looking for mobility solutions beyond the regular range of public transport.
  • In its development plan Brussels Airport focusses heavily on sustainable solutions. For example, the airport will provide charging stations for electric vehicles and fuelling stations for trucks that run on natural gas.
  • Extra cycle paths will ensure easy access from the surrounding area, particularly for airport staff. The increasing importance of the electric bike means the range is increasing.

Brussels Airport wants to take the lead in the successful implementation of the many initiatives included in the mobility plan. This is why it is inviting all its mobility partners, as well as all the different policy levels involved, to continue to work together to achieve these goals.

With its vision and strategy for mobility Brussels Airport intends both to increase access to the airport itself and to be a hub for accessibility to the region around the airport, including Brussels.
By 2025 the airport wants to see 40% of its passengers and personnel using public or shared transport.

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