The aim of the project is to link Brussels Zaventem Airport with the high speed rail network: Brussels-Antwerp-Amsterdam and Paris-Brussels/Brussels-Köln-Amsterdam-London high speed railway axis, each line forming part of Priority Project 2.
The airport is currently only accessible by a dead-end railway station served by local and regional trains, or by a heavily trafficked road. By constructing a northbound tunnel underneath the airport perimeter, a new link will also directly connect Zaventem Airport to the north-south railway axis between Brussels and Antwerp. (Independently of the current project, a new track is to be constructed on the central banquette of the E19 highway between Brussels and Antwerp).
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.
State of progress on 31 December 2012:
The part of the works planned in the Flemish region has been completed. The rest of the works are on-going.
Total project cost covered by this Decision:
Percentage of EU support:
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This project was also the subject of a press release issued by the Agency.
This project was also looked at during the Mid-Term Review of the 2007-2013 TEN-T Multi-Annual Work Programme.
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Member States involved:
Start date: January 2007
End date: December 2015
Beneficiary & Implementing body:
European Commission, DG MOVE