Infrabel and its partners De Lijn, the municipality of Diepenbeek, Flanders and the NMBS have officially inaugurated the new infrastructure that will replace all 7 railway crossings in Diepenbeek. The project, with a value of UR 27 million and carried out by BESIX, BESIX Infra and TUC Rail, included the construction of a new underpass for cyclists and pedestrians at the train station, three bridges, the raising and lengthening of the train station platforms, the construction of new cycle paths and various roadworks. A new bicycle and car parking area was also built. The works were carried out according to the original schedule. The site could count on the particular expertise of BESIX and BESIX Infra in terms of construction methods. The teams did their utmost to ensure that the railway line alongside the site was affected as little as possible by the works. For example, two of the three bridges were built on scaffolding above the tracks, while the tracks remained in use. As soon as the bridge decks were ready, they were jacked onto the abutments and pillars of the bridge. The teams also worked creatively to build the new underpass for cyclists and pedestrians. The 400-tonne tunnel structure (12 metres long, 10 metres wide and 3 metres high) was built next to the final location and, when completed in October 2020, was literally pushed under the tracks using hydraulic jacks. By proceeding in this way, train traffic only had to be halted for 7 weekends out of a project period of 2.5 years. This was the largest project in Belgium for the removal of railway crossings, aiming to improve safety, mobility and the quality of life of local residents.