Vestdijk in the Eindhoven city centre is probably not, for the moment, going to become a dual lane. Residents have complained about this temporary measure, reports the ED.
In March, the city council wanted to meet with business owners in the city centre to temporarily open the busy traffic route for traffic between Vestdijk and Hertogstraat. This would allow motorists to drive in both directions again until Vestdijk is permanently changed from September. Since the spring of 2017, the street has been a one-way road. By doing this, the municipality wants to reduce air pollution.
Residents on Hertogstraat, in the Medina complex and the Vesteda Towers, and the Fietsersbond (the Cyclists’ Union) signed a petition objecting to the move. They want to keep the road as a one-way. According to them, the air quality has improved. The municipality is going to first look into these objections before anything is altered on Vestdijk.
For more than a year there has been a lot of commotion about Vestdijk. The municipality did away with a lane and, thus, the street became a one-way. There was also another change: from the Kanaalstraat intersection, traffic can no longer drive straight towards the north. The traffic must turn left towards the Heuvel’s parking garage or right towards Kanaalstraat. With these measures, the city council wants to reduce air pollution on Vestdijk. For more than a year now, opposition parties in the city council, the business community, and motorists have criticised these measures.
Ultimately, the city council wants Vestdijk to become a 30 km car-free road with lots of greenery, restaurants, and benches.
Translator: Chaitali Sengupta