Brexit: Traffic organization Zeebrugge

Brexit: Traffic organization Zeebrugge

Due to Brexit, additional formalities are required for cargo to and from the UK from the 1st of January 2020 onwards. Non-compliant loads can cause waiting periods at the UK terminals in Zeebrugge. We urge you to complete your post-Brexit formalities before the 1st January for cargo that is shipped via Zeebrugge to the UK and vice versa. Explanations regarding customs formalities can be found on the website of the General Administration of Customs and Excise. Questions regarding Brexit can be addressed to the Brexit call centre from Monday to Friday (9 am to 4.30 pm) on 02 575 55 55.

The port authority of Zeebrugge, together with the police services and various authorities, has made a traffic plan for possible increasing traffic volumes due to waiting times at the UK terminals. Depending on how affected the port and the access roads are, phased measures are in place to ensure that traffic runs as smoothly as possible. The aim of this plan is to keep the port accessible for all companies, for local traffic and for tourism.

PLEASE NOTE: As negotiations are still ongoing on the European level, the circulation plan below may still be subjected to changes.

 

 

Circulation plan Zeebrugge

The Brexit circulation plan (phase B zero, as elaborated on below in the traffic planning) is designed to ensure smooth circulation of cargo to and from the terminals in Zeebrugge as well as local traffic and commuter traffic in Zeebrugge. The plan consists of designated routes for different cargo flows, so that in case of extra pressure due to Brexit, smooth passage of all traffic remains possible.

In this phase of traffic planning, the general rule is that all companies implement their own access policy to their terminal for as long as possible. The access policy for terminals with services to the UK is regulated by the Green Light check in the RX / Seaport platform.

If a terminal refuses a driver, the driver can be sent to a Brexit Zone via a specific route. The terminal can also decide to send the driver out of the port area.

 

 

Port of Zeebrugge

Brexit Zones in the port area

In the port area, two Brexit zones will be available for a temporary stay of drivers who still have to make small arrangements concerning the post-Brexit-formalities. By redirecting them to the waiting zones, they will not hinder traffic. Drivers can only gain access to the Brexit zones if the terminal has specifically sent them there. These zones are monitored 24 hours a day. An access control will prevent other traffic from entering the Brexit Zone.

Brexit Zone 1 is located on the Western Havendam and has a capacity of 80 slots. Drivers who are refused at the P&O terminal due to incomplete post-Brexit formalities will be sent to this zone.

Brexit Zone 2 is located on the Zuidelijke Havenrandweg and has a capacity of 193 slots. If necessary, an additional 160 places will be provided along the Koffieweg. Drivers refused at the C.Ro Port terminals due to incomplete post-Brexit formalities will be sent to this zone. If Brexit Zone 1 is completely full, P&O destination drivers will also be sent to Brexit Zone 2.

General measures

Shipping traffic and rail traffic will be adjusted to give priority to road traffic, to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. The Visart lock will temporarily not be operational for shipping, in order not to obstruct road traffic. The Roskam bridges of the A11 will not be opened during rush hours.

 

Traffic regulation

There are detailed scenarios for all traffic situations with a focus on local traffic, NON-UK traffic and UK traffic.

The scenarios below are used as the traffic in and around the port increases.

Scenario B0: regular situation, smooth traffic

Scenario B1: 30 min to 1h15 traffic jam on the public road

Scenario B2: 1h to 2h15 traffic jam on N31

Scenario B3: 1h30 to 4h traffic jam on N31

Scenario B5: Traffic jam + 4h30

In general, there is a separate regulation for exceptional transport and an overtaking ban for trucks from 1 January on the E40 and N49.

 

 

 

Local traffic (residents, employees, traffic between companies and terminals in the port)

Scenario B0: Local traffic is allowed to drive anywhere.

Scenario B1: The local traffic is still allowed everywhere.

Scenario B2: Breakdown of traffic by law enforcement. Local traffic is allowed everywhere, but private cars are recommended to avoid A. Ronsestraat and Baron de Maerelaan.

Scenario B3: Division of traffic by law enforcement. Local traffic is allowed everywhere, but private cars are recommended to avoid A. Ronsestraat and Baron de Maerelaan. Local traffic can reach the port via the Kustlaan (from Blankenberge & Knokke).

Scenario B4: Traffic split remains valid. Passenger cars via N49 are diverted via the Netherlands. The Kustlaan will remain open to reach Zeebrugge.

Scenario B5: All road capacity in the port area is saturated. There will be extra checks at the roundabouts in Knokke.

 

 

 

For NON-UK traffic (ALL trucks in and out of the port)

Scenario B0: All traffic may pass everywhere, but digital signs on the motorway indicate a preferred route for freight traffic to Zeebrugge (circulation plan Zeebrugge):

  • NON-UK traffic can choose their own preferred route (via E40-Baron De Maerelaan or E34-A. Ronsestraat)

If there is a queue of 50 trucks at P&O and / or C.Ro, the phase B0 will end and the B1 phase will commence.

Scenario B1: Traffic management services are on site and led by the police services.

The incoming traffic is split into three groups: UK traffic, NON-UK traffic and local traffic.

  • All NON-UK traffic is allowed to drive via the N31 and via the N350 (A. Ronsestraat).

Scenario B2: Traffic split remains valid.

Scenario B3: Traffic split remains valid. Non-UK traffic goes via A.Ronsestraat.

Scenario B4: Traffic split remains valid. Non-UK traffic goes via the N350 A.Ronsestraat.

Scenario B5: All the road capacity of the port area has been used. Traffic will be sorted at the A11 Knokke junction.Trucks are sent back to East Flanders. Extra checks at the roundabout in Knokke.

 

 

UK traffic (direct transport to terminals P&O and C.RO with destination UK)

Scenario B0: All traffic may pass everywhere, but digital signs on the motorway indicate a preferred route for freight traffic to Zeebrugge (circulation plan Zeebrugge):

  • UK traffic for P&O and C.Ro (127-129) will be routed via E40 - N31 (Baron de Maerelaan).
  • UK traffic C.Ro (608-613) via E34 - A11 - N350 (A.Ronsestraat)

If there is a queue of 50 trucks at P&O and / or C.Ro, the phace B0 will end and the B1 phase will start.

Scenario B1: Traffic management services are on site led by the police services.

The incoming traffic is split into three groups: UK traffic, NON-UK traffic and local traffic.

UK traffic will be directed via the N31 (Baron de Maerelaan). There will be a customs checkpoint on this location. Two lanes (left) will serve as queues for the terminals (P&O and C.Ro). The right lane will be used to facilitate through traffic. A buffer zone has been provided from New Yorklaan to Kraakstraat.

  • Outgoing traffic with a green status may leave the port along the N31 (Baron de Maerelaan) to the E40, and via the A11 to the E34.
  • Outgoing traffic with a red status: towards the Brexit zone and possibly leaving the port area to the N49.
    • From P&O to Brexit zone 1 and before the deserted port area via Kustlaan and Isabellalaan to the N49
    • From C.RO via A.Ronsestraat

Scenario B2: Traffic split continues to apply. N31: Extra buffer zone: Buffer zone 2 Kraakstraat - Wulfsberge

Scenario B3: Traffic split remains valid. N31: Extra buffer zone: Buffer zone 3 Zeelaan to A11. Exit 19 on A11 closed to UK traffic

Scenario B4: UK traffic is sent to E34 / N49 and will line up to Zeebrugge via the A11 and N31 (Baron de Maerelaan). There will be a storage place on the A11 between exits 19 and 20. In this scenario the road network up to the Knokke junction will be completely saturated.

Scenario B5: All the road capacity of the port area has been used. Traffic will be sorted at the A11 Knokke junction. Trucks are sent back to East Flanders. Extra checks at the roundabout in Knokke.

 

 

Exceptional transport

Due to the installation of buffer zones, there is a restriction for exceptional transport on the N31.

One can reach the A. Ronsestraat until December 30th.

Exceptional transport is prohibited on public holidays.

Exceptional transport is prohibited during weekends.

There will be an evaluation of the situation in the 1st week of January.

For more information: contact the Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer.