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Brabantnet Infrastructure - 14.046


Preliminary Studies towards reference design


Brabantnet is a collection of three inter-connected tramlines (Sneltram, Ringtram, and Luchthaventram) near Brussels, Belgium, spanning a total of 30km of railway infrastructure. The network allows for a high-speed connection between Brussels, its hinterland, and Brussels Airport. In the project Ney & Partners is responsible for the bridges, tunnels and trams station infrastructure (canopies, depots, etc ). The complete preliminary study calls for an integral vision on railway engineering, landscaping, mobility, urban integration, and infrastructure design. The aim is to go through all relevant planning phases (RUP, project-MER, building permit), and prepare a DBFM-formula. More specifically, it entails the design and predimensioning of 20 bridges, footbridges, and tunnels; the design of a tram depot and repair workshop for up to 36 trams; and detailed design of all smaller and larger stops and distribution stations. Complementary to the study is a communication strategy to bring all possible stakeholders on board (local councils, government mobility agencies, planning institutions, etc.), as well as to start a participation process with the larger public.

Specific features

The infrastructural design looks for systemic solutions throughout the whole network, that adapt to local conditions. Key characteristics in both bridge and tunnel design are robustness and coherency through integration and limitation of details. The tram bridges are conceived as continuous box girder beams in weathering steel, and prefabricated bridge decks. Tunnel and cutting sections integrate all electrical systems, and maximise light entry through their geometry. Special attention is given to the treatment of taluds and abutments. All structures are subject to Life Cycle Cost Analysis.

  • JVC Technum-Ney-Bureau Bas Smets

  • Flemish Transport Company De Lijn

  • , Belgium

  • 30000 m

  • 436000000 € Vat Excl.

  • In Study
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