||The project supported the rail link between Brussels Airport and the high speed rail network to Paris/Amsterdam/London/Köln in order to to allow high speed trains to stop at the airport on their way to Brussels or Antwerp, giving passengers more flexibility in their travel choices and improving connections between rail and air transport.
Description of the Project
The project involves completing a rail section linking Brussels Zaventem Airport with the existing Brussels-Antwerp-Amsterdam and Paris-Brussels-Köln-Amsterdam-London high-speed rail networks, also known as TEN-T Priority Project 2.
The new link will allow high speed trains to stop at the airport on their way to Brussels or Antwerp, giving passengers more flexibility in their travel choices and improving connections between rail and air transport. The project, called Diabolo, has received almost €9.7 million in EU co-financing to date.
EU co-financing specifically supported:
- All studies related to the implementation of the project (environment, topography, cartography, special technologies, design, planning permissions, building licenses, etc.)
- Works for construction of the new railway and its connection to the existing network
- Land acquisition
- Insurance and field supervision
The connection to Brussels airport was inaugurated on 7 June 2012, whilst further works on the line will continue until 2015.
Benefits of the Project
The airport used to be only accessible by a dead-end railway station served by local and regional trains, or by very busy road. The completion of the link to Brussels Airport further enhances Europe's network of high speed railway lines and the creation of an interoperable and continuous rail network. Passengers will be able to seamlessly switch from high speed rail to air transport, boosting co-modality even further. It will also help reduce the isolation of the airport by improving accessibility and reducing congestion.
This project contributes to the interconnection of high speed lines and the establishment of an interoperable rail network, while reducing the isolation of Zaventem Airport, a major economic hub threatened by problems of accessibility and congestion.
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Member States involved:
Start date: January 2007
End date: December 2015
Beneficiary & Implementing body:
European Commission, DG MOVE
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