A mobility hub linking the whole of the Charleroi Metropolitan Area
The Charleroi Metropolitan Area has teamed up with the not-for-profit association MOBILESEM to create a mobility hub for the whole of the Charleroi Metropolitan Area. The specific aims are to expand the range of services offered by the not-for-profit association, which is already active in the southern part of the Metropolitan Area, and to extend the benefits to all 29 municipalities.
- Allowing citizens to access a coordinated range of information about alternative transportation so that people don’t need to resort to private vehicles (public transport, transport on-demand, active modes and car-sharing schemes) via a freephone number;
- Draw up personalised itineraries, at the request of any citizen, ideally combining the different transport alternatives available which will avoid them having to use private vehicles, and which can be accessed via the same number;
- Coordinate On-Demand Transport Options (ODTO) in the public and private sectors and associations (social taxis, taxis, healthcare/non-urgent care vehicles, volunteer drivers…).
The residents of municipalities in the Charleroi Metropolitan Area who have joined the service (ask at your local town hall to find out if yours has signed up).
The agreement leading to the creation of the Charleroi Metropolitan Area Local Mobility Hub contains details on putting in place an operational plan that will offer member municipalities complementary services in the near future. Notable mentions include:
- The introduction of software to coordinate On-Demand Transport Options (ODTO) operators;
- The introduction of a digital platform aimed at citizens (website/app…) allowing users to access and enjoy the range of services offered by the local mobility hub;
- The formulation of proposals for new services which could be developed to benefit residents of participating municipalities.
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A Mobility Plan for the Charleroi Metropolitan Area
The Charleroi Metropolitan Area has fostered a series of contacts with various mobility-related bodies and institutions in Wallonia (Wallonia’s Public Service, TEC, SNCB, Transport Organising Authority (T.O.A.), relevant minister’s office…). A Mobility Commission has been assembling these various stakeholders for a number of years now to ensure that mobility policies are developed in a way that is consistent and strategic.
Today, new steps are being taken towards producing a Charleroi Metropolitan Mobility Plan.
The Mobility Plan is described as a document to guide, organise and manage travel, parking and the general accessibility of the area. This will be a genuine strategic document to help organise all of the various mobility-related activities and projects underway in the Charleroi Metropolitan Area.
The objectives of the Mobility Plan are as follows:
- Organisation of the structural aspects of travel, parking and access to homes and centres of activity across the whole area;
- Achieve consistent territorial development in the area of mobility, especially by searching for the right balance between the accessibility profiles of available sites and the mobility profiles of developing activities and services;
- Coordination of all stakeholders working to solve the problems associated with mobility.
The Charleroi Metropolitan Mobility Plan will produce a sustainable vision and strategy for the years to come and incorporate the many projects and developments underway by stakeholders from across the whole territory (29 municipalities).