New ring road & railway bypass - Mechelen


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. 


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.

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


Project Details

Douaneplein 10, Mechelen, Antwerpen, Belgium
Temporary partnership 
Franki Construct, Besix, CEI-De Meyer, Jan De Nul
Engineering Office 
TUC Rail
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