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

19 March 2017  •  Author(s): Luc Lallemand, CEO, Infrabel

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

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.

Railways must revive themselves to continue their leading role in transport Railways in Europe are a fascinating business with a rich history and immense track record spanning over 180 years. However, the sector has witnessed decreasing popularity over the course of several decades with significant drops in market shares. It is now time to act and engage in building a change platform so that rail can continue to play a leading role in the transport of passengers and freight.

This is first and foremost the responsibility of the railway actors themselves. We must find better, more effective, and more economic ways of using our limited resources. Furthermore, rail must revamp itself in order to adapt its product and service offering to the ever-changing needs of its customers. Interestingly enough, these two objectives are complementary rather than contradictory, and can reinforce one another to a considerable extent.

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