Metro North

From 2021 to 2028
The "Metro North" project will extend the Brussels Metro Line 3 by five kilometer in the direction of Schaerbeek and Evere. We are supporting Beliris in its role as hyper pilot during the implementation of this project. To this end, we are drawing up a hypercoordination file and programme and analysing traffic situations resulting from the impact of the building work.

The "Metro North" project involves extending the Brussels Metro Line 3 in the direction of Schaerbeek and Evere. It will carry around 37,000,000 passengers a year. The new line will be five kilometre long and has seven stations: four in Schaarbeek (Liedts, Colignon, Verboekhoven, Riga) and three in Evere (Linde, Vrede, Bordet). Several of these stations will be intermodal stations with the train ( RER), bus, bicycle and/or tram. The new metro tunnel, with a diameter of 9.80 meter, will be dug using a tunnel boring machine, except for the passage under the tracks of Brussels North station. A new depot will be built at the STIB Haren site at the end of the line.
The Hyper-coordination Zone covers more than seven square km and will be defined and published in the Belgian Official Gazette at a later date. Within this zone, all construction sites are monitored by the hyperpilot and the Construction Site Coordination Directorate to ensure the viability of the public highway.
TML is part of a team of experts supporting Beliris in its role as hyperpilot during the implementation of this project.

Traffic counts and data are collected from all modes prior to the works. Tools are provided for quick analysis of the impact of planned construction sites and provision of selected traffic information. Simulation tools for mobility analysis (at macro, meso, and micro level) and mobility plans will also be provided. A hyper-coordination file and programme will be drawn up, as well as a mobility plan that imposes minimum traffic conditions. Finally, emergency scenarios are provided for emergencies, the mobility impact of which is analysed.
During the works, the progress of the hypercoordination programme is reported on the basis of mobility analyses in the context of planned interventions and construction sites with mobility impact. These analyses can be done on the micro-scale (at intersections) and on the meso-scale. The hyper-coordination programme and the mobility plan with the minimum traffic conditions can be adapted during the works. Historical data is analysed annually, as part of the permanent monitoring to evaluate the impact of decisions on traffic in the hypercoordination zone. During the works, attention is also paid to communication aimed at specific target groups within the zones affected by construction phases. Furthermore, alternative mobility measures are drawn up in the event of an emergency and signalisation plans are developed.
After the works, the hypercoordination programme, the mobility analyses, and the communication and monitoring are being evaluated. A mobility analysis is also carried out for the traffic situation as part of the definitive reconstruction of the public area after the metro works. Various scenarios are simulated.

In the first half of 2021, prior to the works, the necessary traffic information is collected, analysed, and supplemented with additional counts. The tools for fast analysis and simulations are delivered and validated. In addition, the hypercoordination file and programme are drawn up. Based on the available information on the impact and timing of the planned construction sites (Metro North and others), an analysis is made of the impact on the traffic situation and on the site traffic of the large construction sites. Conflicts of construction sites with impact are detected and adjustments are advised. Mitigating measures for unavoidable traffic disturbances are drawn up.
During the construction phase (2021-2029), the impact of the construction site on all modes of transport will be monitored. To this end, a monitoring system will be developed. In this phase, too, several variants will be analysed and weighed against each other.
For the final reconstruction after the construction phase, the traffic situation of different variants is analysed and reported. In this report, a proposal will be made for the variant to be chosen.

In the preceding phase, TML provides Telraam data for the analysis of the different traffic modes. In the course of the project, telraams are also added in the hypercoordination zone. In addition, our expertise from previous Less Nuisance dossiers will be used to draw up the hypercoordination dossier and programme.
During the construction phase, TML will assist Beliris with the hypercoordination in the zone. We will timely identify planned construction sites in the zone and estimate the impact on the traffic situation and the works, reporting it to the subcommittee.
For planned interventions and construction sites with mobility impact, TML will be responsible for the simulations on a micro scale. For this, we make use of the Vissim software.


From 2021 to 2028




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