The port must remain accessible for people and goods. Only a radical shift in the modes of transport will provide a sustainable solution. Port of Antwerp-Bruges is therefore working hard to achieve a modal shift by 2030, with more cargo transport by rail, inland navigation and pipeline. Port of Antwerp-Bruges also plans to encourage the employees of the port platform to opt for sustainable means of transport.
There are various ways to get to your job at the port. Together with our partners, we aim to achieve sustainable commuting.
Sustainable commuting in Antwerp
By combining (electric) bikes with the Bike Bus and DeWaterbus, we have created an attractive and reliable alternative. In addition, we are committed to various forms of collective transport.
Safe and comfortable by bike
Did you know that the port is also easily accessible by bike? There are already more than 200 kilometres of bike lanes in the port. Moreover, in the period 2022 - 2031 we will invest over €40 million in the further improvement of the cycling infrastructure in the port area. The aim is to construct a free-flowing asphalt bike lane up to every company.
In addition, by the end of 2022, we will have tackled ten dangerous situations or missing sections of bike lane, modified the most dangerous railway crossings for cyclists, and made the lock complexes safer for cyclists one by one.
Combine your bike ride with the Bike Bus and DeWaterbus
If the Kanaaldok or the Scheldt is between your home and your workplace, you can cross the Tijsmans tunnel and Liefkenshoek tunnel for free with the Bike Bus.
You can also cross the Scheldt with DeWaterbus and a range of ferry services. With DeWaterbus and the ferry services across the Scheldt, you can opt for traffic-free commuting by water. DeWaterbus runs from early in the morning until late at night. It is also ideal for shift workers. And bikes can be taken along for free.
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In addition to public transport to get to your destination, there are also a range of initiatives organised by companies themselves. Or perhaps you arrange to carpool with your colleagues on a regular basis?
Under the motto 'Commuting together pays off every day', we promote the Shuttle bus, together with The Scheldt Left Bank Corporation.
Anyone can book the Shuttle bus, so you can too, provided that the company you work for has signed up to the initiative. You can travel one-off, occasionally or long-term, 24/7 and 365 days a year.
Employees of Covestro, Evonik, Ineos, Lanxess, Bayer and Inovyn use the i-Bus to commute to and from work. There are 39 routes on both the left bank and the right bank of the Scheldt. Other companies such as BASF, Total and ExxonMobil also provide collective transport.
Contact your personnel manager to find out if your employer offers collective transport.
You may already be familiar with the Carpool platform. Has your company already signed up? The platform makes it easier to find someone to drive to work with.
Sustainable commuting in Zeebrugge
We are committed to various forms of shared transport, such as the Port bus and the shuttle bus. Other environmentally friendly alternatives are the coastal tram and the train.
Another environmentally friendly alternative is the Coastal Tram operated by De Lijn. Every day, this tram stops at 68 stops between De Panne and Knokke.
For more information on the various rates and schedules, visit the Coastal Tram or consult the De Lijn app.
Travellers can also easily reach the city and port by train to Zeebrugge-Dorp, Zeebrugge-Strand or Heist.
More information about train services can be found on the SNCB app or website.
The APZI and Keolis Port bus is the environmentally-friendly means of transport in Zeebrugge. Since 2007, employees of companies from the port area board the bus in Bruges or Ostend to reach their final destination. In 2019 alone, a total of more than 28,000 one-way journeys were recorded.
Finally, staff of Port of Antwerp-Bruges can use a shuttle bus in Zeebrugge, a means of transport by and for employees.
Every day, employees from the technical service pick up other colleagues from the station and bring them back at the end of the working day, so they can take the train home.
Major infrastructure improvements to the road network in the port are needed to make cargo transport by road more efficient. In various parts of the port area we are working to improve the structure of our road network.
Roadworks in Antwerp
In collaboration with Lantis and the Roads and Traffic Agency, we provide an overview of the construction sites which have the most impact in and around the port. Our website always features the latest information on the construction sites.
Roadworks in Zeebrugge
The development of a safe and efficient bike network in Zeebrugge is still in full swing.
Zeebrugge already has several excellent North-South and East-West bike routes. More specifically, there are approximately 6.85 kilometres of bike lanes under the management of Port of Antwerp-Bruges and 18.50 kilometres of designed bike lanes (in concept). The Agency for Roads and Traffic operates a total of 42 kilometres of bike lanes.
Therefore, various spatial adaptations are still needed to improve full accessibility to the port (and its terminals).
In the course of 2023, J.L. Aers & Zoon and Port of Antwerp-Bruges will take up the challenge of developing a new parking site. The car park will be located along the A11 in Zeebrugge and will offer various services (a restaurant, a shop, sanitary facilities, etc.) for (truck) drivers.
With this extended service, J.A. & Zoon and POAB intend to guarantee and improve the comfort of travellers on the road. The adjacent petrol station will also offer environmentally friendly fuels, such as BioLNG.