2024-02-12

Crisis update: farmers' protest in the port of Antwerp and Bruges

Farmers' protest causes road disruption in port area. Follow all updates here.

Antwerp

13 February 21:30

Blockades in the port have been lifted. There are currently no further disruptions due to protests in the port area.

 

13 February 19:00

Traffic can resume via Zandvlietsluis. Following locations in port of Antwerp are currently blocked: Noordlandbrug, exit Stabroek, Hollands Complex, roundabout Waaslandhaven Zuid, intersection Tijsmanstunnel-Blauwhoefstraat.

 

13 February 17:15

Noordkasteelbrug (North Castle Bridge) is open for traffic.

 

13 February 16:30

Noordkasteelbrug (North Castle Bridge) is currently closed to traffic.

 

13 February 15:30

Filter blockades at various locations in Antwerp port: Noordlandbrug, Stabroek exit on Antwerpsebaan (N180), Luithagen, intersection Noorderlaan and Malagastraat, Left Bank (Hollands Complex exit Waaslandhaven Noord on R2, Waaslandhaven south).

 

Hollands Complex and Liefkenshoek tunnel towards Beveren are heavily congested. Scheldelaan northbound accessible for cars. The Zandvliet lock is currently closed to traffic.

 

13 February 11:30

Filter blockades at several locations in the Antwerp port cause a major disruption and long traffic jams: Left bank (Hollands Complex at Waaslandhaven Noord R2, Waaslandhaven Zuid), Stabroek exit Antwerpsebaan (N180), Kastelweg, Noordlandbrug, Luithaegen zone. Noorderlaan/Ordamstraat is also blocked.

 

13 February 9:30

At the moment, filter blockages have been confirmed at several locations in the Antwerp port: Left Bank (Hollands Complex at Waaslandhaven Noord exit R2, Waaslandhaven Zuid), Stabroek exit Antwerpsebaan (N180), Kastelweg. Drivers are requested to always keep an emergency lane open. Truck drivers are asked to use the right-hand lane so that car traffic can at least use the other lane.

 

13 February 05:55

Farmers' actions are causing major disruption in the Antwerp port area. There are blockades at the Noordlandbrug, Tijsmanstunnel, Luithagen, Oosterweelsteenweg, Luchtbal. Moreover, the nuisance is rapidly spreading to other parts of the port.

 

12 February 15:30

We're informed about possible new actions that could impact the port of Antwerp and Zeebrugge. 

 

2 February 18:00

Obstruction at the Waaslandhaven-Noord complex is over. Currently no more road blocks due to protests in the port area.

 

2 February 17:20

There is obstruction at Waaslandhaven-Noord complex on the R2, disruption in the Beverentunnel and Liefkenshoektunnel.

 

2 February 14:20

BASF's site is accessible again after relocating blockade A12. However, the A12 remains partially blocked.

 

2 February 07:00

There is an obstruction at the border, making the northern approach route via the Noordland Bridge difficult to access. The Scheldelaan is best reached via the Tijsmans tunnel.

 

1 February 17:00

Exit 11 (Zandvliet) on the R2 is back open in both directions.

Road block on the Scheldelaan (N101) North of Zandvliet Lock is finished.

 

1 February 14:40

Tijsmans Tunnel is back open to traffic in both directions.

 

1 February 10:00

Exit 11 (Zandvliet) on the R2 is closed in both directions.

 

1 February 09:15

Tractors are blocking the Scheldelaan (N101) North of Zandvliet Lock. Cars are delayed but can pass, trucks are stopped at the road block.

 

31 January 16:00

Farmers are breaking up the action in the port near the complex 11 (Waaslandhaven-Noord) on the R2.

 

31 januari 13.30 uur

Action of farmers in the port near the complex 11 (Waaslandhaven-Noord) on the R2. Please follow the instructions of the police.

 

Bruges

14 February 15:45

Filter blockade has been lifted. 

 

14 February 14:45

Filter blockade reported at following location:
 

  • N371 between (N31 - E403) Expressweg - Zeelaan and (N326) Nieuwesteenweg in Bruges, direction Blankenberge
  • N371 between (N326) Nieuwesteenweg and (N31 - E403) Expressweg - Zeelaan in Bruges, direction Bruges
  • N31 near St.-Pieters, direction Zeebrugge

 

12 February 15:30

We're informed about possible new actions that could impact the port of Antwerp and Zeebrugge.

 

2 February, 17:00

The blockades in Zeebrugge will be lifted. In order to keep everything on track, the following measures apply:

Truck drivers who can go to the port will do so via the Zeelaan-Zeebruggelaan (N31).Truck drivers who need to bridge the weekend are welcome at the Ostend airport where catering and sanitary facilities will be provided until Monday.Residents of the northern boroughs are best to still take the rural roads, as the N31 is the triage point for trucks.

 

2 February, 15:00

The blockades in Zeebrugge will be lifted and security forces are clearing the area. Police will soon come up with a plan to get the stranded truck drivers to their destinations.

 

2 February, 11:00

There is a new blockade on the Kustlaan towards Knokke.

 

2 February 10:00

Avoid Zeebrugge if possible! Cars are still being allowed through in Zeebrugge, although it is best to take into account disruption and delays. The port area is completely saturated by waiting heavy transport. So be particularly careful when passing there. Don't forget the rescue lane.

 

2 February 08:00

In Zeebrugge, the following locations remain blocked, and a new location has been added:

  • Koffieweg (Brexitparking)
  • Exit A11 Alfred Ronsestraat
  • Roundabout St-George's and Kustlaan (N31/Westerdam)
  • Minerva roundabout (North end of N350)

Passenger cars are still allowed, but be prepared for inconvenience and delays.

Avoid Zeebrugge if possible.

For stranded truck drivers, there is food and water supply at:

  • Brexitparking
  • Klaverblad A11 windmill
  • Kustlaan at Zeebos (direction Blankenberge - Zeebrugge)

 

1 February 19:00

The road blocks at the known locations in Zeebrugge are still in place.

All incoming trucks for the port of Zeebrugge will be diverted to Ostend airport from tomorrow noon.

Avoid the port area if possible.

 

1 February 14:30

New road block Minerva roundabout (North end of N350)

 

1 February 13:30

Truck drivers who are in need of drinks, food or other things can contact the Bruges police on 050 44 80 80 or via the online emergency form.

 

1 February 09:15

The following locations remain blocked in Zeebrugge: 

  • Roundabout St-George's and Kustlaan (N31/Westerdam)
  • Koffieweg
  • Alfred Ronsestraat (N350)

Cars are allowed to pass. Trucks are stopped.

 

31 January 9:30

Farmers block these locations:

  • Rondpunt St-George's en Kustlaan (N31) - zone Westelijke Strekdam
  • Koffieweg
  • Alfred Ronsestraat (N350)

Cars are allowed to pass. Trucks are stopped.

 

30 January 15:30

Farmers block these locations:

  • Zeelaan (N31) near ECS 
  • Roundabout Kustlaan (N34) 
  • Roundabout St-George's (N31/Westerdam) 
  • Koffieweg 
  • Alfred Ronsestraat (N350). 

Cars are allowed to pass. Trucks are stopped.