Improving rail's position to serve the Belgian ports

This article describes investment projects planned to boost rail's share of the growing traffic using the ports of Antwerp, Ghent and Zeebrugge in Belgium. Rail's market share of traffic through Antwerp has declined from 30% in 1989 to 14% in 2006. The harbour company want to increase rail use, particularly for container transport, for environmental reasons and because the local road network is becoming more congested. Infrabel is to invest €101.6 million in the freight railways on the left bank of the River Schelde. Approximately 84 km of new track has been laid in connection with opening of the Deurganckdok. The connection from the Ghent-Antwerp line is to be double-tracked and electrified. Bundel Zuid will be expanded from 22 to 32 tracks. A link is planned from Bundel Zuid to the main marshalling yard at Antwerpen-Noord. The capacity of Line 27A between Antwerpen Noord and Berchem will be increased. SNCB has been lobbying for the reopening of the Iron Rhine connection between Antwerp and Germany. There are plans to enlarge Zeebrugge marshalling yard and to build a connection between the eastern and western harbours. At Ghent, the marshalling yard will be upgraded with computer control. Work is progressing on quadrupling Line 50A between Ghent and Brugge. (A)


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  • Accession Number: 01043733
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Mar 9 2007 8:13AM