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Smooth flow of traffic

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The smooth flow of trams and buses makes public transport more punctual. This is a win-win situation:

  • For passengers:
    • secure connections
    • certainty about time of arrival
    • less stress
    • more comfortable travel
    • greater satisfaction with public transport
  • For the local authority:
    • more people taking public transport
    • better quality of life
    • more traffic safety
    • satisfied local residents
    • using the same resources, we can provide more and better public transport
  • For De Lijn drivers
    • less stress
    • less aggression
    • more pleasant work situation
    • compliance with driving and resting periods
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For all types of intervention on our bus and tram routes, please contact the traffic flow expert responsible for your transport region:

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Experience a normal working day journey by bus or tram through the eyes of our drivers to see what obstacles they encounter on the way

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Bus line 358: Departure: Leuven Station – Terminal: Brussels North

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(recorded 15 January 2019)

On the day of the recordings, the road was unusually quiet during the morning rush hour. Yet, the bus arrived at the terminal nearly ten minutes' late.

Also without serious delay, a chain of minor obstacles - such as loading and unloading, halting at traffic lights, cars blocking the road, etc. - obviously cause considerable delay.

The Leuven-Brussels axis is a very important through road that runs parallel to the E40 motorway. It is very sensitive to traffic obstacles (for instance, short-cut traffic in case of an accident), making it difficult to guarantee a reliable bus service. This route requires major and minor measures to ensure better flow: from recess stops or priority rules to separate bus lanes.

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Tram line 7 in Antwerp: Departure: Mortsel – Terminal: Eilandje

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(recorded 28 September 2018) 

This video shows the contrast between being able to drive smoothly in a reserved lane and where traffic lights work optimally (at Eilandje) and serious delay as soon as the tram runs among mixed traffic without the benefit of smart traffic lights.

Our tram driver has seen it all: cars blocking the rails for a long time, stopping for traffic lights, vans loading and unloading in the tram's pathway, cyclists putting themselves in danger by cycling between the rails, a tram stop just before traffic lights, etc.

In the end, the tram driver was obliged to ask the control centre for an abridged journey because the 10-minute buffer time in Mortsel was no longer enough to make up for the delay, which totalled as much as 20 minutes.

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