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EU funds granted to improve Belgium's Albert Canal

Creation date: October 16, 2013

The European Union will co-finance a with €1.5 million from the TEN-T Programme project to improve Albert Canal in the Belgian region of Flanders to allow bigger and taller barges and ships access to this key waterway. The project is part of a wider series of improvements on the Albert Canal to allow for increased container traffic.


The project, selected for funding under the 2012 TEN-T Annual Programme, is part of an overall strategy to increase the capacity of the Albert Canal, a major waterway in the European inland waterway network linking the Scheldt and Meuse rivers.


This project is the third in a series of TEN-T funded upgrade works on Albert Canal aiming at lifting bridges and widening the canal to allow class VI barges carrying 4 layers of containers to navigate it in its entirety, from Antwerp to Liège.


The raising of the Houtlaan bridge at Wijnegem and widening the Canal at Merksem are key steps in upgrading the Albert Canal so that it can accommodate more traffic in the years to come and hence contribute towards a modal shift from more polluting means of transportation.


Completion of these works is expected to have a significant impact in terms of increased inland waterway traffic and competitiveness, modal split and local/regional development.


The project is set to be completed by the end of 2015.