Jan De Nul Pushing 35m Tunnel Section Under Rail Line in Kortrijk
The new bus and bicycle tunnel will connect the station’s south and city centre sides. It will allow regular buses and bicycles a safe passage, undisturbed by car traffic.
Jan De Nul started the tunnel works at noon on Easter Sunday. The soil under the railway tracks will have been excavated and the tunnel lifted and put on rails. This will allow the 35-meter 1,500-tonnes tunnel to be pushed into place. The operation itself will take about 8 hours and starting this morning, Tuesday April 6th.
From Wednesday the 7th of April onwards, Jan De Nul can start backfilling the soil, allowing Infrabel to re-install the railway tracks. Regular train traffic should resume on Monday April 19th on new tracks crossing the new bus and bicycle tunnel.
Once this is achieved, Jan De Nul will connect the north side of the tunnel to the all-new underground car park under the Conservatoriumplein, and the south side to an access slope. The works on the bus and bicycle tunnel should be completed by the start of the summer holidays.
Source Jan De Nul