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Living Lab - Antwerp

More than 60,000 workers are employed in the second largest port of Europe. The petrochemical cluster and diamond trade are of great economic importance for the city and its hinterland. Recently, efforts have been made to expand the public transport and cycling network leading to a positive modal split in the city centre.

City Factfile

City area204.51 km2
Population density2538 inh/km2
ClimateTemperate maritime
Gender balance49.7% male, 50.3% female
Average life expectancy80.2
Car ownership rate377/1,000 inhabitants
Accident rate


8 road fatalities

120 seriously injured

2151 slightly injured

4631 material damage

Antwerp Today


  • Turn the new tramlines into a structural axis in the northern urban area where the port and the city meet, linking the city with the port area and offering new non-car dependent transport for port employees.
  • Guarantee the accessibility of city and port during the large infrastructural works for the new tram corridor and using this momentum to change the transport choices of citizens towards public transport and cycling.
  • Significant reduction of car dependency of commuters working in the port, overcoming physical and mindset barriers typical for port cities and removing barriers in finding appropriate employees.
  • Avoid, shift and improve car and truck traffic in and around the city in order to reduce the congestion levels on urban and regional axes while simultaneously improving the living quality in the urban area.


Transport Infrastructure

Car network

42/1000 inhabitants (2014)

Cycling network

700 km of cycle paths

Public transport network

13 tram lines

73 bus lines

8 railway lines for passenger transport

4 railway lines for freight transport


Marjolein Salens
Adjunct coördinator SA

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