A new Heldenplein for Vilvoorde

Start of the works




Project status

In progress

Thanks to the Ring trambus project, the Heldenplein will be getting a thorough make-over. Soft road users will be able to cross the new Heldenplein much more safely and comfortably. Our goal with replacing the roundabouts with two intersections equipped with traffic lights, is to facilitate smoother flow-through for all traffic types. The introduction of smart traffic lights will enable both intersections to communicate with each other, which will reduce traffic queues considerably.

The Heldenplein will also be greener than ever. The gardens around the OLV Church will be expanded. New trees and seating will transform the Heldenplein into a welcoming place to spend time. 

Bus stop and bicycle parking facility

The new, covered bus stop and bike parking will make public transport a more attractive and user-friendly option. We are providing bike parking facilities at various locations on the square which will be well integrated into their immediate surroundings. This will make it easier for cyclists to access public transport links.

Green paths

Additional new paths will make walking more convenient and enjoyable. These paths are ‘natural’ routes that you follow when walking across the square, they are green and provide plenty of shade.  We will be doubling the number of trees by planting 59 new ‘climate trees’ in various sizes. These trees have been selected by Wageningen University & Research for the beneficial qualities they bring to the city of Vilvoorde's climate, water-use, air quality and biodiversity. 

Pedestrians and cyclists

Various new bicycle parking facilities on the Heldenplein will mean that cyclists will be able to park their bikes safely in future. With the construction of a broad, safe and comfortable bicycle path we aim to make Vilvoorde more easily accessible for cyclists.

Public transport users

The new stop at the Heldenplein provides all (tram)bus users in Vilvoorde with a centrally located boarding and disembarkation point. This stop will be within walking distance of the Grote Markt and Vilvoorde's business district. In addition to offering a comfortable place to wait, the stop will be accessible for wheelchair users and parents with pushchairs.



  • The utility companies will be moving and renovating their cables and mains until the spring of 2021. In order to limit any nuisance, the utility works will be undertaken in six stages. The subsequent stage will only start once the current stage has been completed.

    Once these utility works are completed next year, De Werkvennootschap can get to work. The exact planning for the main work (sewers and new road infrastructure) is not as yet known. The subsequent work will, however, also take place in stages in order to ensure that Vilvoorde remains accessible and habitable during the work. The aim is to have everything completed before the summer of 2023.

    Utility works - from 8 June 2020 to spring 2021

    You will find the most up-to-date information about the progress of the work on this page. Register on the right for the digital letter and you will receive all the important updates right in your own mailbox.

    The following staging and timing is currently known. Once the data for the following stages is clear, we will be adding them. Under downloads you will find letters to the residents about the progress of the utility work.

    Bear in mind: unpredicted weather, technical (or other) circumstances may possibly cause changes to the plan.

    Stage 1: Hanssenslaan (Benoit) Completed

    Stage 2: Stationlei (Hanssenspark side) From 15 June to early August

    Stage 3: Stationlei (swimming pool side) From early August to the 2nd half of September

    Stage 4a: Schaarbeeklei crossing

    Stage 4b: Heldenplein (viaduct side) and Tuchthuisstraat crossing

    Stage 5: Vuurkruisenlaan crossing

    Stage 6a: Lange Molensstraat crossing

    Stage 6b: Heldenplein (church side) and Jean Baptiste Nowélei crossing

Fase 2

Sinds midden juni zijn de nutsbedrijven in de Stationlei aan de slag. Tijdens fase 2 werken ze aan de zijde van de even huisnummers (kant Hanssenspark). Van 22 juni tot eind juli geldt er éénrichtingsverkeer. Met de wagen kan je enkel vanaf het station naar het centrum rijden. Vanaf het Heldenplein kan je de Stationlei niet in, maar volg je een omleiding via o.a. Schaarbeeklei en Woluwelaan.

Fase 3

In deze fase vinden de kabelwerken aan de overzijde van de Stationlei plaats (noordkant). Maar om het netwerk aan beide zijden te verbinden moet men de Stationlei meermaals dwarsen. Daardoor kan gemotoriseerd verkeer niet door en is de Stationlei voor 5 weken onderbroken. In beide richtingen geldt dan een omleiding voor doorgaand verkeer.

Fase 4a

De nutsbedrijven maken de doorsteek van de Stationlei naar het Heldenplein. Hierbij kruisen ze de Schaarbeeklei, waardoor deze tak van de rotonde 3 weken onderbroken is. Fietsers rijden om via de Koepoortstraat. Met de wagen volg je in beide richtingen grotendeels dezelfde omleiding als in fase 3.


Nieuw Heldenplein_plooifolder
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4 juni '20 Bewonersbrief Heldenplein
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