The Action forms part of a Global Action aiming to upgrade the cross border section of the Comprehensive railway Network between Mol (Belgium) and Weert (Netherlands). The Action concerns specifically the electrification of the Belgian section between Mol and the Dutch Border, which is 33 km long (plus 7 km of rail sidings). This represents the majority of the final cross-border railway connection, leaving only 9 km to electrify on Dutch territory in order to create a fully electrified cross-border railway line.
Currently, the railway between the Belgian stations of Mol and Hamont, near the border, consists of an unelectrified single track line in use for diesel engines, for both passenger and freight traffic. The Action will contribute to making this section compliant with the technical requirements laid down for the Comprehensive Network in the TEN-T Guidelines.
Once the Action is completed, it will be possible to run direct electric passenger trains between Antwerp and Hamont at the Belgian-Dutch border, increasing significantly efficiency of the operators on this section and reducing the environmental and noise impact of approximately 33 passenger trains/day from Antwerp to Hamont (89 km).