Reinforcing Brussels Airport as intermodal hub with ‘Ring trambus’
With the arrival of the Ring trambus, our airport will strengthen its position as intermodal hub, a place where various means of transport converge. Train, bus, taxi, car, bicycle, aircraft and very soon the trambus all connect seamlessly with each other.
Every day, Brussels Airport welcomes not only passengers but also quite a number of commuters, for whom the airport is an important transport interchange in their commute from home to work. The trambus forms an additional alternative to the car. With this project, Brussels Airport aims to further strengthen its role as an intermodal hub, and so to help bring a solution to the mobility situation in and around Brussels.
The introduction of the trambus is, moreover, an important step towards meeting the ambitious target Brussels Airport has set itself : by the year 2040, 50% of the passengers and airport employees should come to the airport by public transport, bicycle or on foot, as compared with the current 30%.
Adapted infrastructure at the airport
In recent months, work has taken place at Brussels Airport to customise the infrastructure to the Ringtrambus. The road infrastructure has been adapted and a brand-new platform has been built in the bus station. The stops between the airport terminal and the cargo area have also been extended, so that they can easily accommodate the trambus.
Sustainable alternative for the car
The trambus is 24 metres long and can accommodate 137 passengers. It will operate between UZ Brussels and Brussels Airport and, on its route, will pass quite a few important transport hubs, which will make is a good alternative for the car; it can contribute to solving the structural traffic jams in the region to the north of Brussels. The trambuses are also hybrid vehicles: they have both an electric and a diesel engine, which makes them 25% more economical than the average diesel bus.
The Ring trambus project is the result of a successful collaboration between De Lijn, the Government of Flanders and Brussels Airport, and offers a partial solution for the mobility problems in the region to the north of Brussels.
As part of the sustainable development of the airport, the strategic priority will, in the years ahead, lay on the development of ‘intelligent mobility'.