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 is a leading, Belgian road construction company with a regional presence in both Flanders and Wallonia. An important asset is that we have all aspects of the construction process under our own management and thus fully control the execution. Moreover, our team of 1,000 well-trained and experienced employees are willing to work at night and over the weekend to make sure they get everything done in time. In addition, thanks to our own COPRO-certified production and recycling sites, we are one of the leading producers for asphalt and road concrete.

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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