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Synchronised traffic light trial has 'promising' results
"Intelligent" traffic lights could save Brussels drivers precious time and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions - and the first tests have been described as "promising".
Eight of the city's busiest streets have been equipped with better-synchronised lights since late 2016, which are timed to allow drivers to pass a green light at each intersection.
Brussels mobility minister Pascal Smet said the results from Boulevards Charles Quint and Leopold II - the main artery from the E40 into Brussels through Koekelberg - showed congestion had improved. In an average day, drivers saved 185 hours not sitting at a red light, and CO2 emissions were down 5%.
The other streets using the intelligent traffic control at the moment are Rue Belliard and Rue de la Loi in the EU district, the inner ring from Sainctelette to Yser, Boulevard Industriel in Anderlecht, the Quai des Usines and Van Praet bridge near Docks Bruxsel. Another 10 locations are planned.
Smet said: "Thanks to better synchronisation of lights, everyone can move more easily through the city, traffic is smoother and public transport and pedestrians get more green lights wherever possible."