"Avoid Meiser if humanly possible!"

Severe congestion.  That was your lot if you were making your way into the Flemish and Belgian capital this morning.

The traffic in and around the Meiserplein in Brussels as well as in the city centre was in a great mess this morning.  People travelling to central Brussels from the direction of Leuven were informed that their journey could be affected by large delays.

VRT's traffic guru Hajo Beeckman warned that drivers could waste several hours in traffic.

Problems were triggered by the closure of the Reyers Tunnel that stayed closed for longer than anticipated this morning.  The tunnel where works are underway remained closed until 10:45 AM due to an outage.

The end of the E40 and the Leuvensesteenweg both looked more like a car park this morning.  Some drivers struggled to cover 300 metres in one hour.  People are advised to avoid the area if humanly possible.

An outage during works in the tunnel last night is the cause of the disruption.  As a result CCTV did not operate.  Contractors were busy many hours restoring power.

Motorists making for central Brussels are advised to reroute their journey via Tervuren!

Meanwhile on the way to central Brussels the Belliard Tunnel in what has been dubbed the ‘European District’ had to be closed too.  Problems with the ventilation are the cause here. 

The problems at Meiser were sorted in the morning.  The Belliard Tunnel too is now open again: good news for commuters leaving the city by car!