Willemen Groep
Boerenkrijgstraat 133, BE - 2800 Mechelen
tel +32 15 569 965,
New ring road & railway bypass - Mechelen

Project Details

Civil Engineering
Railway infrastructure & stations
Road construction
General roadworks
Asphalt works
Concrete works

Franki Construct
Willemen Infra

Douaneplein 10
2800 Mechelen
Antwerpen BE


Temporary partnership
Franki Construct, Besix, CEI-De Meyer, Jan De Nul

Engineering Office
TUC Rail

Start work 


The project consists of the construction of a new railway line (bypass) and a ring road (tangent) around Mechelen called ‘weg van de stad’ or 'away from the city'.

The installation of the rail bypass is needed to make possible an increase in speed from 100 km/hr to 160 km/hr for through international trains along the Mechelen railway station.

This part of the project includes the construction of a series of civil engineering structures, among others a railway viaduct above the new ring road and two steel bridges: one over the Leuven-Dijle canal and another over the Dijle River.

The tangent is a four-lane road that connects Brusselsesteenweg and the Douaneplein.  The Tangent runs from Jubellaan underground, crosses the Leuven-Dijle canal and proceeds further underground until Leuvensesteenweg. To the north, the tangent crosses the railway line to Leuven. 


Franki Construct

Kartuizersweg 1
2550 Kontich (Belgium)
tel +32 3 821 16 80

Since 1998 Franki Construct has been part of Willemen Groep, the largest family construction group in Belgium.
Willemen Infra

Booiebos 4
9031 Drongen (Belgium)
tel + 32 9 282 60 30

Willemen Infra came into being on 1 July 2018 as a result of the merger between Aswebo, Aannemingen Van Wellen and the infrastructure department of Kumpen and is a leading road builder and asphalt and concrete manufacturer.