ENGIE Fabricom takes the tram in Antwerp
The first tram line linking the centre of Antwerp to the north part of the city was opened on Saturday, June 3. ENGIE Fabricom plays a major role in this significant Noorderlijn project, which has just entered phase two.
In March 2016, the city of Antwerp began one of its most significant projects: Noorderlijn. Set for completion in mid-2019, it will fluidly link northern Antwerp to the city centre. The first phase was recently completed, with the first tram line opened on June 3, 2017.
Ultimately, Noorderlijn will benefit mobility in Antwerp. In addition to the tram network, the avenues will be redesigned: traffic will be directed underground, specifically at Operaplein, with the ground level converted into a pedestrianised zone. Public spaces will also be redesigned. Certain avenues, squares and districts will be connected via simplified access for pedestrians and cyclists. ENGIE Fabricom will be actively involved in this new mobility solution via TramContractors, a consortium in which ENGIE’s subsidiary is a member, and to whom De Lijn, the city of Antwerp and Vlaams Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer have awarded the contract.
A project on the right track
In road, rail and even maritime transport, ENGIE Fabricom seeks to pave the way for more sustainable mobility by delivering solutions for optimising transport network infrastructure, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing safety and improving the flow of traffic.
In Antwerp, ENGIE Fabricom has previously mobilised its multitechnical competencies for major infrastructure projects: temporary redesign of the tram route on Frankrijklei, new overhead infrastructure (catenary) between the Kinepolis cinema and Noorderlaan, renovation of the Londenbrug, renewal of public lighting and circulation for the entire project, technical installations for the new underground parking garage and the tunnel under Operaplein, including traffic control systems, fire detection and extinguishing systems, etc. In other words, the project is well and truly on the right track.
The project should be completed in July 2019. The avenues were closed off a few days ago and will reopen by the end of December 2018.
For more information on the progress of the project: www.noorderlijn.be.