The municipality of Kraainem wants to adapt the traffic lights to the tram tracks at the stop on Burburelaan. Mayor Bertrand Waucquez (Kraainem Union) thinks that the signaling could be made more secure.
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On Wednesday, a 14-year-old girl ended up under a tram near the Oscar de Burburelaan on the border of Wezembeek-Oppem and Kraainem. She suffered serious head injuries but is not life threatening. It is not yet clear what exactly went wrong, but according to the first police findings, the girl ignored a red light.
Green traffic lights
The mayor of Kraainem Bertrand Waucquez came to ascertain the traffic situation and judged that the signaling could be safer. “In concrete terms, it would be opted to work with green traffic lights instead of orange to indicate that pedestrians are allowed to cross the tram tracks,” he explains. “It is not certain that this accident could have been avoided, but it would certainly make the signage at that location clearer and therefore safer.”
The proposal was discussed within the traffic commission with the WOKRA police zone (Wezembeek-Oppem/Kraainem) and will now be submitted to the STIB transport company. It must decide whether an adjustment will actually be made. “A little further on at the tram stop in Louis Marcelisstraat in Wezembeek-Oppem, there is a similar situation. After an earlier accident, traffic lights have been installed there that turn green when pedestrians are allowed to cross the level crossing,” says Waucquez.
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