Capacity in 2015
The Belgian rail network is one of the busiest rail networks in Europe. Capacity on our network is currently approaching saturation at several junctions. To further develop the rail network into a sustainable means of transport and to be able to continue to meet the needs of both our customers and end-users, we are investing in a number of major projects to expand capacity. In 2015, Infrabel completed a very important new rail line in the heart of Brussels...
Schuman-Josaphat tunnel ready to go into service
The Schuman-Josaphat tunnel is a new rail link between Brussels-Schuman station and the Halle-Vilvoorde railway line, line 26. The new twin-track, 1,250 metre long tunnel was excavated in three and a half years. This will directly connect the European Quarter around Brussels-Schuman station with the north of Brussels, Brussels Airport and several major cities.
The Schuman-Josaphat project, including the Etterbeek triangle, was subsidised by the European Union with a contribution of nearly €34 million. The Schuman-Josaphat tunnel has been in service since April 2016. It was originally scheduled to go into service in December 2015, but this was postponed because the safety exercise required for approval had to be postponed due to the heightened terrorism threat level in Belgium.