Central Brussels to get makeover

Brussels has approved a scheme to upgrade historic squares and avenues in the city centre. The main areas of the project are around the Grand-Place, the UNESCO zone and Place Sainte-Catherine and Vismet.

Pedestrians areas will be extended, access for public transport improved, cycle paths increased, façades renovated, historic routes upgraded and street and shops signs harmonised.

There will also be a new traffic plan and more underground car parks, as well as additional green recreational spaces and playgrounds.

The plan still has to be presented to the financing agencies. The city hopes that work can start at the end of 2015 and finish in 2017.