Motorway removed to bring back the original water

So amazing to see somewhere reducing car space in favour of the environment. Sadly the only answers many in UK see to car problems is more and bigger roads.


It had been a motorway for over four decades, but now Utrecht has its old city-moat back! What better way to start the new year than with this new beginning for Utrecht? The “motorway from nothing to nowhere”, which was finished in the mid-1970s, still had 11 lanes when it was closed early 2010. While most Dutch cities (and that includes Utrecht) have a car-free city centre now, Utrecht also had a ridiculous motorway right in its heart, at the point where the old city centre met the modern heart around the central railway station. No longer! Everything has changed back to how things were for well over 800 years. So what is the story here?

catharijnekade1968-1983-2015 The story of the Utrecht city centre motorway summed up in three pictures.

Utrecht was granted city rights in 1122 and it built a city wall with a moat dug around it soon after…

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