Leopold II Tunnel is closed for the holidays!

For many today is the start of the summer holidays.  It is also the start of road works on the Leopold II Tunnel in Brussels and for drivers making their way into the capital from the West this has resulted in congestion all the way from Affligem on the Ostend Brussels motorway.

The summer holidays are a busy time for road workers.  Roadworks have closed the Leopold II Tunnel for the duration of the holidays and as one of the most important traffic arteries into the Belgian and Flemish capital its closure has resulted in heavy traffic from the Groot-Bijgaarden interchange to the city centre.

Despite the holidays traffic on the E40 motorway is as heavy as on an ordinary working day.  The route into the city and the inner Brussels orbital are busier though. Traffic experts had feared worst on this the first day of the closure.  Waiting times of half an hour are described as “normal”.

The Keizer Karellaan, the approach to the tunnel, and the Leopold II-laan, the alternative above ground route, are to be avoided.  Brussels mobility minister Smet is urging commuters to leave their cars at home!