Kirchberg enters new phase of transformation
The Kirchberg plateau is about to enter a new era as it welcomes the tram, new offices and homes, spelling major changes for motorists.
Among the earliest changes to be observed will be the closure of one lane on the red bridge to allow for its expansion and reinforcement to accommodate the tram.
Work on the bridge will begin at the end of the summer. At the other end of the plateau, the current P+R site will be dramatically overhauled.
The outdoor carpark is to be replaced by a large-scale hall including bus station with 10 platforms and a new multi-storey car park providing a total 500 spaces, 250 more than are currently offered.
The year 2018 has been given as a rough timeline for the building. The nearby “Serra” roundabout will not escape the new developments. It is to be adjusted to accommodate the new tram.
In November, a tunnel under the roundabout will open giving motorists direct access to motorways leading to France and Belgium. Meanwhile, traffic lights will be installed at the roundabout exit for Circuit de la Foire, giving priority to the tram.
Back at the other end of the plateau, construction of a third tower at the European Union Court of Justice is expected to begin mid-2016. Taller than its neighbouring towers, it will be constructed on rue Hammes.
In 2020, the first phase of Bâtiment Jean-Monnet 2 will open. The offices replace the existing Jean-Monnet 1 building which was abandoned because of the discovery of asbestos. Work on the second phase will begin when the old building has been razed.
As for accommodation, three new living areas are to be built, providing a total 1,400 homes in Kiem, Réimerwee and PAP JFK Sud, to the East of Place de l'Europe.
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