Antwerp Tramline – Brabo 2

Brabo 2 is a complex rail infrastructure project serving the inner city of Antwerp.

In 2010 the Flemish Government and the City of Antwerp (BE) reached an agreement on "Master Plan 2020" which entails the optimisation of traffic infrastructure (both tram and roads) in and around the city of Antwerp, in the north of Belgium. Earlier, two DBFM (Design, Build, Finance, and Maintain) projects were initiated under this Master Plan 2020: Brabo 1 (currently in operational phase) and Livan 1 (currently in construction phase).

Brabo 2 is the third DBFM project to be initiated, with De Lijn (the Flemish public transport operator), the Flemish Roads and Traffics Agency, and the City of Antwerp as clients (De Lijn figures as Contracting Authority).

SPV General Manager Geert Deleebeeck outlines the background to the Brabo 2 project.

"The project involved three contracts — one DBFM contract concerning the tram development, one DBFM contract concerning the non-tram part (roads) and a DBF contract concerning a short tunnel, two moving bridges, public space, and underground parking.

"It was part of an agreement between the Flemish Government and the City of Antwerp to deliver the ‘Master Plan 2020’ which was aimed at enhancing traffic infrastructure (both tram and roads) in and around the city of Antwerp, in the north of Belgium."