A project to reopen a bridge in Belgium that closed in 2019 because of metal fatigue has received a grant of US$25 million from the Connecting Europe Facility.

The Lillo Bridge, which dates from 1967, carries a railway over the Canal Dock in the Port of Antwerp-Bruges. It consists of two fixed truss bridges and two bascules. The project to repair the bridge is being managed by the port and by and Infrabel, the Belgian rail network. The CEF subsidy will cover 50 per cent of the cost, with Port of Antwerp-Bruges and Infrabel contributing the rest.

The work will be completed by the end of 2027, and the contractor will be announced later this year.