Havré: bus line 18 impacted by work on rue Camille Toussaint: “one of the two stops could be kept”

Getting organized during work is never easy. Residents of rue Camille Toussaint in Havré recently understood this at their expense. Bus line 18, which allows residents to go from the city of Congo to Mons, is indeed impacted by this construction site, which should last until the end of 2023. The bus only passes through a direction leaving many questions in the organization of local residents and children who use this line to go to school or work. The TEC is still reassuring, reminding that diversions are in place.

No more buses in our street during the work on rue Camille Toussaint. Good luck to our kids… ”, can we read on social networks. “Our children are in trouble”, continues another resident. Testimonials have indeed multiplied on social networks since the start of the construction site on rue Camille Toussaint.

Contacted by us, the public transport service (TEC) told us that everything had been thought out so that residents could take the bus almost normally. “There is a rather complicated situation these days because of the works on rue Camille Toussaint. A diversion has indeed been put in place but a street has collapsed since yesterday. Work is therefore in progress at this level as well. The situation should normally return to normal this Friday allowing TEC users to follow the alternative route originally planned”, explains Audrey Lepape, communication officer for the TEC in Mons.

When the second route can be followed again – as of this Friday normally – the inhabitants will be able to take the bus without problem although they will have to modify their habits slightly. “Two bus stops are installed in the city of Congo. During work on rue Camille Toussaint, only one of the two can be served. We have therefore chosen to serve the one going in the direction of Mons”, continues Andrey Lepape. “According to statistics, the inhabitants tend to go to Mons in the morning and return from Mons to the city of Congo in the afternoon. We have therefore kept the direction towards Mons so that, in the morning, the habits of the inhabitants can remain unchanged.. ”

For the return, on the other hand, some adaptations will have to be applied. “For the return, two solutions are available to the inhabitants”, reassures Audrey Lepape. “The first possibility is to stop at the “electric cabin” stop and then walk one kilometer to arrive at the city of Congo. For less mobile people who cannot travel a kilometer, it is also possible to stay on the bus to Gottignies and then Ville-sur-Haine. He will then turn around to return to the city of Congo by going towards Mons. The inhabitants will therefore only lose 5 minutes if the driver does not take a break and, if he does, they will only have to wait 10 to 15 minutes.

Solutions therefore exist for the inhabitants. Stéphane Thiery, spokesperson for the TEC, recalls “that during works or winter periods, there is no miracle solution. We are still trying to set up alternative lines that impact the habits of users as little as possible.

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