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Infrabel - Articles and news items

Infrabel is digitalising the Belgian railway network to secure the future of rail

Issue 2 2017 / 19 March 2017 /

Infrabel, the Belgian railway infrastructure manager, is currently engaged in digitalising its railway network for the benefit of its customers, workforce, and all citizens. Exclusively for European Railway Review, CEO of Infrabel Luc Lallemand considers the challenges, advantages and milestones of this ground-breaking strategic transformation.

Proactive and real-time weather action plan keeps Belgian trains running

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 2 November 2016 /

In the forthcoming issue of European Railway Review – Issue 6, 2016 – we have the pleasure of publishing an article from Infrabel. Luc Vansteenkiste, Director of Asset Management, and Ann Billiau, Director of Traffic Management and Services, will divulge the myriad ways they work to ensure the smooth running of their trains.

Belgium rail crash: passenger train collides with freight train killing three

Rail industry news / 6 June 2016 /

A passenger train has reportedly crashed into the back of a freight train near Liege in Belgium killing at least three people.

Two new tracks for Belgium’s busiest railway line

Issue 3 2016 / 25 May 2016 /

In early-2016 Infrabel, the Belgian railway infrastructure manager, commissioned two new tracks as part of the strategic linkup between Brussels and Denderleeuw. For European Railway Review, Dirk Demuynck, Director of Build, looks back at the main achievements and challenges of this infrastructure project regarding the railway network and Belgium as a whole…

Video: The 8 year construction of Schuman intermodal hub

Rail industry news / 23 May 2016 /

This video displays the eight year construction of Brussels’ new Schuman intermodal hub which now connects trains, subways, buses, bicycles and taxis.

Belgian railway network to receive ETCS Level 2 modernisation

Rail industry news / 4 August 2015 /

Infrabel, the Belgian railway infrastructure operator, has awarded Siemens together with Cofely-Fabricom a contract to install ETCS Level 2 across 2,200 kilometres of track.

The Liefkenshoek Rail Link – a true passage to Europe

Issue 1 2015 / 13 February 2015 /

Infrabel, the rail infrastructure manager for the Belgian railway network, opened the new Liefkenshoek Rail Link to freight operators on Sunday 14 December 2014. In an interview with European Railway Review, Luc Lallemand, CEO of Infrabel, looked back one more time at the milestones in this rail link project that is strategic for freight traffic, the Port of Antwerp and the Belgian economy…

Mott MacDonald appointed as independent reviewer of ETCS implementation, Belgium

Rail industry news / 23 January 2015 /

The Belgian Mobility and Transport Federal Public Services (FPS) has appointed Mott MacDonald to review European Train Control System (ETCS) plans on the country’s conventional and high-speed rail network…

Official opening of the Liefkenshoek rail link

Rail industry news / 10 December 2014 /

At 18.05 on 9th December 2014, the new Liefkenshoek rail link was officially opened in the presence of several Ministers, CEOs of the partners and many invited guests…

Infrabel tests new infrastructure for the Liefkenshoek Rail Link

Issue 5 2014 / 18 September 2014 /

Infrabel – the Belgian rail infrastructure manager – has been fully-engaged in testing the rail infrastructure for the Liefkenshoek Rail Link since spring 2014. Of critical importance in this are the ETCS and safety tests for the purpose of obtaining permission to officially open this new freight link in the Port of Antwerp in December 2014. For European Railway Review, Luc Vansteenkiste – Director-General of Asset Management at Infrabel – discusses the latest initiatives in this strategic railway project.

The Liefkenshoek Rail Link – part of a strategy for capacity

Issue 1 2014 / 12 February 2014 /

Infrabel, the Belgian rail infrastructure manager, is now busy with the final work on the track for the Liefkenshoek Rail Link. The works for this direct rail link between the left and right banks in the Port of Antwerp are well on schedule, and the new railway infrastructure will be commissioned in the latter part of 2014. For European Railway Review, Luc Lallemand, CEO of Infrabel, explains the most important milestones and challenges of this gigantic and strategic railway project for the Port of Antwerp.

Infrabel continues overhead line modernisation work

Issue 1 2014 / 12 February 2014 /

Infrabel, the Belgian rail infrastructure manager, is currently engaged in the progressive modernisation of its overhead lines. Electrical power is a vital element of sustainable rail transport. For European Railway Review, Richard Marcelis, Head of Infrabel’s Power Engineering Department, explains the major challenges and projects
relating to overhead lines on the Belgian network.