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Coast tram in Belgium, source: Wikipedia

Flanders invests in upgrade tram infrastructure

The government of Belgium’s Flemish region will provide 295 million Euros to public transport operator De Lijn for upgrading its tramway infrastructure. This record amount will be allocated to the government-owned company in a five-year period – from 2019 to 2023.

The investments will be allocated by different shares. The highest amounts are planned for 2021-2022 when the government intends to provide more than 111.4 and 62.3 million Euros respectively for tram projects. The lowest investment of around 34.5 million Euros will be transferred in 2023. This year, the Flemish government provides circa 41.3 million Euros and it will allocate 46.3 million Euros next year.

Three tramway networks

The investments are dedicated to three tramway systems – the Coast tram (143 kilometres), as well as networks in Antwerp (126 kilometres) and Ghent (62 kilometres). Their total length is 331 kilometres. Therefore, the Flemish government will invest around 0.9 million Euros per track kilometre. The investments will be allocated to different projects on all systems. Thus, the 11-kilometre section will be upgraded with the concrete pavement on the Coast tram line. In Antwerp, the modernisation works include installation of new traction stations and overhead lines. In Ghent, the old wooden sleepers on the 4-kilometre section will be replaced.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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