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Brussels Mobility, in collaboration with STIB, is applying for an urban development permit for the construction of tram line 15.

The Belgian capital is about to make a major addition to its mobility network with the introduction of the new tram line 15, which will connect the Belgica and North Station districts and will later be extended to Central Station. This ambitious project, led by Brussels Mobility in collaboration with STIB, not only includes the introduction of a new tram line, but also a complete redesign of the public space along the route.

The Minister of Mobility and Public Works emphasizes the multi-faceted benefits of the project: “This new tram line will connect the Maritime District with the North Station and from there continue to Central Station. In addition, this project enriches the Maritime District by adding trees and wide sidewalks to Picardstraat. The Maritime District, the Maximiliaan Park and the Noordwijk will become greener and more liveable.”

The project is not only an extension of public transport, but also responds to the need for greater sustainability and liveability in urban environments. The design provides for a more balanced distribution of public space, with pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and car traffic each getting their share of the space. The plans also include water infiltration zones, rest areas, play elements and new green areas.

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For Brieuc de Meeus, CEO of STIB, "this line is the next extension after the Neder-over-Heembeek tram. STIB continues its efforts to further expand the network, for bus, tram and and metro lines, thus contributing to the regional mobility policy.”

The impact of the new tram line extends beyond just transport. At Belgica metro station, the roundabout on Werrieplein will be replaced by terraces and green space. This fits into a broader strategy to adapt the city to the modern needs of traffic flows and road safety.

Philippe Yenny, Director of Public Transport Infrastructure at Brussels Mobility, emphasizes the collaborative nature of the project: “This project is the result of a smooth collaboration between various public services and the contribution of five Brussels municipalities. The engineering firm Arcadis, together with partners Tactik, Citytools and La/ba, has worked under our leadership on a design that takes into account all aspects of modern urban development.”

The Suzan Daniel Bridge, specially designed for this new tram line, will play a crucial role in the canal crossings, while Simon Bolivarlaan transforms into a green boulevard that gives priority to pedestrians and the less mobile.

Work on this large-scale undertaking is scheduled to start in 2026, with the entire route being provided with new planting and street furniture to further beautify the urban landscape and make it more accessible.

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