Diabolo line

The Belgian infra manager Infrabel developed the plan for the Diabolo line to solve chronic road traffic congestion around Brussels and the national airport located nearby. The line is part of the Thalys high-speed network and connects Brussels Airport with the national and international railway network. The line is equipped with ETCS and GSM-R.

Client:
Infrabel
Location:
North-east of Brussels
Activity:
Railway superstructure
Country:
Belgium
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Diabolo line Superstructure

Strukton Rail constructed the superstructure. Strukton Rail’s project scope comprised of:

  • Construction of 14-kilometre stretch of classic dual track laid on a ballastbedding along the central reservation of the E19 motorway
  • Laying six kilometres of concrete line with chemical anchoring in the new tunnels
  • Project characteristics
  • Stringent quality standards
  • Specifications based on speed limit of 160 kph (to be eventually raised to 220)
  • Very tight tolerance margins
  • Complicated logistics

King Albert II opened the line on 7 June 2012. The first direct train between Mechelen and airport ran on 10 June 2012.