New rail infrastructure in the Port of Zeebrugge
Capacity increase within and around the Port
The new single-track connection from the Ter Doest Curve, situated between Line 51A to Zeebrugge and Line 51B to Knokke, ensures a direct connection between the rail installations in the western and eastern zones of the Port of Zeebrugge. Today, to go from one port district to the other, trains no longer need to run in the direction of Brugge and back. The Ter Doest Curve thus eliminates superfluous and unnecessary train movements. Moreover, traffic on the line between the Dudzele and Brugge fork is being significantly alleviated. Aside from marked timesaving that benefits port operations, there is also the added benefit of freeing up more capacity to accommodate passenger traffic between Brugge and the coast.
Aside from the Ter Doest Curve, trains on their way from the coast towards Brugge have since 2 December also been able to cross the reconstructed Waggelwater Bridge. When the 3rd track between Brugge and the Dudzele fork will be laid, a third apron will also be constructed at this location.
In addition, Infrabel has laid a new rail track connection between the fans of sidings Pelikaan and Ramskapelle within the Port of Zeebrugge. As of 9 December, this extension will allow a much smoother assembly of the freight trains, without them having to rely on the use of the passenger line between the Dudzele and Knokke fork line.
Investing in intermodality and sustainability
As partner of the Port of Zeebrugge, Infrabel is today investing in a threefold construction project involving the new rail infrastructure for the Ter Doest Curve (9 million euros), the reconstructing of the Waggelwater Bridge (10 million euros), and the creation of the rail connection Pelikaan-Ramskapelle (3 million euros). It is by means of such investments that Infrabel wants to contribute to establishing intermodal and sustainable railway traffic.
These and future infrastructure projects within and around the Port of Zeebrugge not only enhance the rail network’s capacity but likewise anticipate the future growth of the port, while at the same time assuring the opening up of this important economic centre to expanded commercial traffic into the hinterland.
In this manner, rail is continuing its development towards the objective of becoming an indispensable, sustainable, environmentally conscious and responsible, economically advantageous and profitable mode of transport.