The Liefkenshoek Rail Link – part of a strategy for capacity

12 February 2014  •  Author(s): Luc Lallemand, CEO, Infrabel

Infrabel, the Belgian rail infrastructure manager, is now busy with the final work on the track for the Liefkenshoek Rail Link. The works for this direct rail link between the left and right banks in the Port of Antwerp are well on schedule, and the new railway infrastructure will be commissioned in the latter part of 2014. For European Railway Review, Luc Lallemand, CEO of Infrabel, explains the most important milestones and challenges of this gigantic and strategic railway project for the Port of Antwerp.

The Liefkenshoek Rail Link has the longest rail tunnels in Belgium

The Liefkenshoek Rail Link has the longest rail tunnels in Belgium

The Liefkenshoek Rail Link – part of a strategy for capacity

In line with its strategy, Infrabel is working on a step-by-step capacity expansion in the specific parts of the network where it is needed. This includes the Port of Antwerp. In an earlier stage, Infrabel expanded and modernised the rail infrastructure on the Antwerp left bank, including around the strategic Deurganckdok lock. This investment of €100 million delivered a good 150km of additional track and rail yards.

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