Monday, March 10, 2014 - 13:52
Wider highway breaks EU rules
The broadening of the highway A2 between Den Bosch and Eindhoven has been finished for seveal months, but the widening does not comply with EU rules. The solicitor general of the European Court of Justice, highest advisor to the court, made this announcement. This does not necessarily mean that the new traffic lanes have to be removed, but you may not be allowed to use them. Since September, the A2 on that route has three traffic lanes per direction. The plans for the widening of the A2 did meet a lot of resistance from residents and environmental organizations. This is because the highway runs alongside protected nature areas. Residents of Vught as well as environment organizations filed a procedure with the Council of State to stop the expansion. The Council asked advice at the European court. It is still unclear when the decision will be made, but because of the Court's advice, it looks like the Council of State will terminate the decision to expand the A2. According to the municipality of Vught, the consequences of the advice from the European Court are big, but they are not completely able to be overlooked.