THIS MONTH will see the start of work on two major tunnels on the Belgian high-speed network. Construction contracts were approved by the SNCB board at the beginning of April, following recommendations by the high-speed line project management subsidiary TUC Rail SA.

Described as the biggest single civil engineering project on the Belgian high-speed network, the 6·4 km Soumagne tunnel is expected to take four years, at a cost of BFr5·8bn. The double-track bore between Vaux-sous-Chèvremont and Soumagne will carry Brussels - K