Renovation of railway station area in Mechelen, Belgium


Mechelen has been a buzzing centre of activity in recent years. The Flemish government, Infrabel, De Lijn and the city of Mechelen worked on a rail bypass for the NMBS station Mechelen-centraal and a new circular road: the tangent. Jan De Nul participated in the construction.

The new railway bypass, a three-kilometre track with the aim of giving Mechelen-Centraal station two extra tracks, is located south of the city. This allows a speed increase from 100 to 160 kilometres per hour, making the passage possible for international through trains. These new tracks also offer more possibilities for the Regional Express Network (RER) around Brussels and the Diabolo connection to Brussels Airport.

The new Tangent circular road, a four-lane road, will improve access to Mechelen station and will also separate through traffic from local traffic.

The project includes a better and safer connection for cyclists and pedestrians that connects with the bicycle highway from Antwerp and to Brussels.

In order not to interrupt rail traffic, we prefabricated the new bridge deck next to the railway tracks. Afterwards, we drove this bridge deck into place during one weekend using modular platform trucks.

Joris Muylaert

Deputy project director at STAMechelen-Jan De Nul Group