La Hulpe

Infrabel is currently upgrading certain railway lines to four-track lines. At La Hulpe, Infrabel is creating new rail tracks which will be used by RER trains. It is also adapting its structures. This work site extends over 3 km between Chaussée de La Hulpe and the Bakenbos underpass on the Brussels-Ottignies line (L161).

Start of the works

March 2011

End of the works

MId-2013

Why are these works necessary?

This work aims to facilitate arrival into and departure from Brussels and to curb the increase in road traffic, which is currently choking up the capital. Eventually, travellers will be able to enjoy the increased frequency of trains (on average 4 trains an hour at peak times), within a 30km radius of the capital.

Infrabel is therefore implementing a sustainable mobility policy, in order to offer a valid alternative to the motor car.

Which works does Infrabel perform?

As part of this work site, Infrabel is building two new rail tracks on the west side of the existing tracks (i.e. the Place Favresse side).

Three bridges are also being adapted:

  • The bridge at Chaussée de La Hulpe

The new bridge will be built next to the existing bridge, so as to keep traffic disruption to a minimum during the works.

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  • The bridge at Avenue de la Reine

The new bridge will be slightly wider than the current one, which will allow for the pavements to be widened and improved visibility for those using it.

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The Bakenbos underpass

The existing pass will be replaced by a wider and higher tunnel (accessible to horse riders).

 

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Other elements will also be adapted as part of these works:

  • The bund at Clos Queue du Pigeon 

In addition to anti-noise walls and bunds planned along the line, a bund (mound of earth with vegetation) is planned perpendicular to the tracks on the southern edge of the Bakenbos fields. This will lead to the first houses in the Clos Queue du Pigeon being more effectively protected.

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  • New access route (Clos Queue du Pigeon)

A new pedestrian walkway will be used to connect Clos Queue du Pigeon to the Bakenbos underpass.

Finally, Infrabel is installing green and/or anti-noise walls on both sides of the tracks, in order to reduce any noise pollution caused by the increase in rail traffic.

What are the next steps?

New parking and station area: planning procedures will continue in order to create a car park building and to develop the area around the station. These various infrastructures are planned on both sides of the current station, on the same side as the tracks.

The work currently underway is civil engineering work. This will be followed by railway equipment work.

What is done to prevent hindrance?

Impact assessments have been carried out in order to determine the measures to be implemented so as to limit disruption caused by the increase in rail traffic. These assessments have led, most notably, to Infrabel ,erecting anti-noise walls over this 3km stretch on both sides of the rail tracks.

Furthermore, Infrabel, in association with the engineering agencies involved, has been conducting assessments on properties located immediately next to the work site before its commencement and will continue to do so after the works have been completed.

Finally, we try to limit night and weekend work whenever possible. This type of work is sometimes unavoidable since rail traffic must be maintained during the day. When this occurs, we try to warn any residents concerned beforehand through direct mailing.

Questions?

Please contact the Local Residents Unit.

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