Decision-making process and justification of tram infrastructure projects by De Lijn

Dutch speaking chamber on February 18, 2014

The Court of Audit examined five tram infrastructure projects in order to determine whether the Flemish public transportation company De Lijn properly justified its implementation decisions and carefully carried out the preparatory work. The Court noticed that De Lijn failed to prove why the tram lines under review were given priority and that it did not sufficiently consider alternatives. De Lijn’s reports to its board of directors or to the Flemish government often lacked information or only contained limited and false data on key parameters such as the cost, the potential passenger traffic and the choice for public-private partnerships. There are also shortcomings in the preparation of the projects: during the performance of the survey missions and the award procedure, De Lijn still made major changes, which induced significant cost increases.