Councilor Kurt De Loor of Vooruit calls attention to the accessibility of bus stops in Zottegem.
“At the beginning of this year, people with disabilities or people with walking difficulties could take the bus without any problems at only two bus stops in Zottegem. A miserable result,” says Flemish Member of Parliament Kurt De Loor (Vooruit). “Meanwhile, Flanders took the initiative to work on ao. the Provinciebaan and Meerlaan to make the bus stops there accessible. A good case. However, we notice that the city council is completely lagging behind. Take the Graaf Van Egmontstraat for example: it is vengeful that the city paid no attention at all to the accessibility of the bus stop during the recent redevelopment of the street. That is just bad, short-sighted management and will cost more money in the long run. Another file that shows a standstill.”
“In April 2021, at our request, the city promised to sign the Charter ‘Masterplan Accessible Stops’ and to work on accessible bus stops. However, the charter has not yet been signed. Zottegem also misses out on support to make stops accessible, including 5,000 euros per stop that is made accessible. The longer the city government waits to fulfill its promise, the longer people with disabilities or people with walking difficulties will be left out in the cold. We are well aware that you cannot make all stops accessible overnight, but it is a sign of bad management that you do not pay attention to this at all when reconstructing a municipal road. That is short-sighted and will simply cost more money in the long run.”
“It is high time the city council stopped burying its head in the sand. You can’t promise everything in a city council and then wipe your feet. It is high time that Zottegem took the accessibility of the bus stops seriously. If we want more people to take public transport, the first thing we need to do is make sure everyone can take the bus.”