Quality of life in the region
We are improving the quality of life in the region by investing in the built environment, the spaces in which we live, work and play. In addition to this, we want Werken aan de Ring to help renew and improve the green-blue ecological network.
The built environment
Reducing the barrier effect of motorways
When the motorways were originally laid in the Werken aan de Ring area, little consideration was given to the environment. Population centres were divided and existing connections were closed off. With our programme we want to reduce the barrier effect of motorways and even remove them by restoring or improving local connections.
Curbing cut-through traffic
The volume of local traffic in cities and municipalities located near the R0 is considerable. Public transport also gets stuck in traffic jams caused by heavy volumes of traffic, and this results in higher hazard levels for soft road users. By implementing measures locally we are attempting to reduce cut-through traffic while also upgrading residential areas.
Noise nuisance is an issue not only in residential neighbourhoods, but also in the wider areas surrounding the Ring, including green spaces like the Sonian Wood and the Laarbeek forest. We aim to reduce noise nuisance with soundproofing measures, for example, through better integration of the infrastructure with the environment, planted embankments or noise barriers.
The quality of the air around busy traffic routes is poor. With Werken aan de Ring we intend to make a positive contribution to help improve air quality. That's not immediately obvious. On the one hand, we want to raise the awareness among all interested parties, to the extent that a mental shift takes place, a change in behaviour towards using sustainable means of transport. On the other hand, there are also spatial interventions options, such as the construction of open building blocks and placing verges or green buffers, etc.
Green-blue ecological network
Repair, strengthening and defragmenting the green-blue network
Over the years, the existing water and green areas around the Ring have become fragmented. We would like to reverse these divisions by focussing on high-quality connections. In order to reinstate those areas and to develop them further, we are working with partners including the Flemish Environmental Association and the Flemish Land Agency.
During the Werken aan de Ring programme we monitor the environmental impact of the new infrastructure. Projects in the programme are subject to an extensive impact assessments, such as an MER and a project MER. Even the new tram(bus) lines for Brabantnet involved environmental impact assessments as a criterion for making decisions about alternative routes.
Limiting the spatial footprint
We devote a lot of attention to protecting both the individual, nature and the landscape by limiting the amount of space directly required by projects, and keeping disturbance of relationships to a minimum. For example, in the study conducted for the redesign of the northern part of the R0 the potential spatial footprint was assessed. Currently, various alternatives with respect to spatial impacts are being qualitatively and quantitatively investigated.
In consultation with the water management authorities, we are working with modified infiltration and buffering of run-off rainwater. Existing bottlenecks around water management will be resolved or mitigate to the fullest extent.