Dutch Council of State greenlights Belgian fast tram to MaastrichtThursday, 16 May 2019 16:29
The final decision will be made by summer 2020 at the earliest. "We can start publishing the selection guidelines, but it is up to the next government to make the final decisions," the Flemish Minister for Mobility, Ben Weyts (N-VA) said to NewMobility.
However, Hasselt mayor Steven Vandeput (N-VA), opposed the tram route in the city in favour of a fast connection to Genk and the Maasland. "I will keep on fighting against the originally traced out tram line because it is not the right priority to open up Limburg, but I understand we have to respect the coalition agreement," he said.
The project referred to as the Spartacus plan was created by the public transport companies De Lijn and NMBS/SNCB to promote public transport in the Belgian part of Limburg, but has been in the works for almost 15 years.
In the meantime, in Maastricht, in the Dutch part of Limburg, they keep calm about the discussion on the Belgian side. "We have a contract with the Flemish government, whatever its constitution, so they cannot escape. The contract does not include a clause of dissolution," said Maastricht Alderman, Gert-Jan Krabbendam (GroenLinks), to NewMobility.
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