The Locorail joint venture, which is made up of BAM PPP (50%), CFE (25%) and Vinci Concessions (25%), has completed the construction of the Liefkenshoek rail link near Antwerp, entirely according to schedule. The building work and installation of some of the M&E systems, including the fire-fighting equipment, for the dual-track railway, which is 16.2 kilometres in length, were carried out on behalf of Locorail by the Locobouw joint venture, formed by MBG, CEI-De Meyer, Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau and Vinci Construction Grands Projets (each 25% partners). CEI-De Meyer and Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau are operating companies of Royal BAM Group nv.
Trains are expected to start running on the direct link between the left and right banks of Antwerp’s port area in the autumn of 2014.
Client is Belgian rail network infrastructure manager Infrabel. Within this PPP contract Locorail is responsible for financing, design, construction and maintenance of 16.2 kilometres of double-track rail link, consisting of 4.8 kilometres of embankment, 4.2 kilometres of open and covered trench, 1.2 kilometres of existing tunnel (reopening of the already built but never used Beveren rail tunnel) and almost 6 kilometres of double-bored tunnel with an internal diameter of 7.3 metres.