Technical specifications

Scope of work
Construction of a double-track railway line
Length: 16.2 km;

  • Construction of 4.8 km of embankment fills 
  • 4.2 km of open and covered cuts
  • construction of 2 single-track TBM tunnels, length: 2 x 6 km,
  • internal diameter: 7.30 m;
  • refurbishment of existing Beveren-Tunnel, length: 1.2 km;
  • various civil engineering structures

Construction method
Tunnel: TBM tunnelling using 2 Hydroshields (slurry shields),

  • Shield diameter: 8.32 m,

segmental lining


  • Quaternary sand
  • Boom clay

General data

Liefkenshoek Rail Link
double-track railway tunnel


Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau AG
in a joint venture

Construction period
November 2008 to mid-2013

Construction costs
€ 693 million

Railway tunnel, double-track
16.2 km
Construction Method
TBM tunneling using 2 Hydroshields (slurry shields)
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