Spartacus line 1 (Hasselt-Maastricht) - Substantiation of the choice for a trambus

Dutch speaking chamber on January 24, 2024

With the Spartacus plan, initially designed as three express tram lines and connecting bus and express bus lines, the Flemish Transport Company ‘The Line’ in 2004wanted to make public transport in the province of Limburg a fully-fledged alternative to the car in ten years' time. Between May 2020 and June 2022, the Flemish Government decided not to use an express tram, but a trambus for all lines, based on feasibility, cost prices and flexibility, among other things. Flemish Parliament asked the Court of Audit to investigate the decision-making and substantiation of the choice for a trambus for line 1. The Court concluded that the supporting comparative study was properly carried out, but that successive decisions have nullified the original ambitions of the Spartacus plan.