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    Infrastructure: Belgium learns to live with extreme weather


    Infrabel CEO Benoit Gilson reflects on the devastating floods which paralysed the Belgian network in mid-2021, and explains how the infrastructure manager has started to adapt its operations and harden its assets to cope with the impact of extreme weather.

  • SNCB Siemens Mobility Desiro EMU at Antwerpen

    Traffic boost envisaged in Belgian operating contracts


    BELGIUM: Final negotiations over the next 10-year operating contracts for state-owned passenger operator SNCB and national infrastructure manager Infrabel are expected to start in the coming weeks, following the publication of draft versions for consultation. According to federal Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet, rail needs to ...

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    Benelux: Faster timings in prospect with ICNG fleet


    Part of the fleet of Intercity New Generation trainsets now being tested by Netherlands Railways is destined to replace the locomotive-hauled ICRm sets currently in use on Amsterdam – Brussels services via HSL-Zuid, trimming up to 40 min off the journey. The rest of the 200 km/h fleet will be deployed on domestic routes.

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    Sunweb and European Sleeper plan holiday trains to the Alps and coast


    EUROPE: Dutch package holiday company Sunweb Group and night train start-up European Sleeper have announced a partnership to offer overnight trains from the Netherlands and Belgium to tourist destinations in France. The companies said their aim is to make ‘sustainable and relaxed’ rail travel more attractive ...

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    Metro Report International

    Cross-border tram-train project scrapped


    EUROPE: After many years of discussion and planning, the government of the Belgian region of Vlaanderen has decided not to go ahead with plans to for a tram-train service running from Hasselt across the Dutch border to Maastricht. The route would have been around 30 km ...

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    Izy low-cost train services to end


    EUROPE: The Izy-branded low cost train service between Paris Nord and Brussels Midi is to end on July 10, Thalys has announced. Launched by Thalys in 2016, Izy services use the conventional line from Paris to Arras and then LGV Nord and Belgium’s LGV1 from Arras ...

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    Eurostar Group formed as holding company for Eurostar and Thalys


    EUROPE: Eurostar Group has been established as the holding company for international high speed train operators Eurostar and Thalys, and the shareholders have announced their ambition for the combined services to carry 30 million passengers/year within 10 years, compared to 18 million in 2019. ...

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    Funds committed to North Sea Port rail access route


    EUROPE: The Dutch cabinet is to make available €105m from the National Growth Fund towards the Rail Gent Terneuzen project to improve access to North Sea Port, the 60 km area on the Western Scheldt between Vlissingen in the Netherlands and the Belgian city of Gent ...

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    Airline to transfer more passengers to high speed rail


    EUROPE: KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Thalys have agreed to develop their joint AirRail product to further increase the number of air passengers who use high speed trains to travel between Brussels and Amsterdam Schiphol airport. KLM already offers air passengers the option of using Thalys ...

  • The European Commission has approved the planned merger of cross-border high speed train operators Thalys and Eurostar.

    Merger approval ‘should ensure the rebound and growth ambitions of Thalys and Eurostar’, says SNCF


    EUROPE: The European Commission has approved the planned merger of cross-border high speed train operators Thalys and Eurostar. SNCF Voyageurs told Railway Gazette International the merger ‘should ensure the rebound and growth ambitions of Thalys and Eurostar.’ Announcing its decision on March 29, the Commission said ...

  • Lineas

    Rail freight operator introduces energy surcharge and expects others will follow


    BELGIUM: Freight operator Lineas has announced the introduction of a dynamic energy surcharge from April 1, saying this will be a first for the rail sector and it anticipates that other operators will follow. Lineas said such surcharges are common for other modes. ‘We cannot continue ...

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    Metro Report International

    Transurb launches mixed reality compact driving simulator


    BELGIUM: Transurb has launched a compact Nano Simulator for tram driver training which uses mixed reality functionality to replicate the immersive training experience traditionally found in a full-cab simulator. The company has been developing portable simulators for light rail and tram customers for many years, but ...

  • Geert Pauwels has announced his resignation as Chief Executive Officer of independent rail freight operator Lineas ‘with immediate effect’ from February 3.

    Pauwels steps down after Lineas losses


    BELGIUM: Geert Pauwels has announced his resignation as Chief Executive Officer of independent rail freight operator Lineas ‘with immediate effect’ from February 3. Pauwels had led the former SNCB Logistics business since it was established in 2008, steering the company through the ...

  • SNCB Alstom Traxx locomotive impression

    Framework contract agreed for 50 passenger locomotives


    BELGIUM: National passenger operator SNCB has awarded Alstom a framework contract for the supply of up to 50 third-generation Traxx electric locomotives, with a €120m firm order for an initial 24 to be delivered from 2026. The 200 km/h locomotives are be used on domestic and cross-border ...

  • SNCB Alstom M7 train

    Double-deck coach order


    BELGIUM: National operator SNCB has ordered a further 98 double-deck M7 multi-function coaches from Alstom at a cost of €268m. Intended to meet projected growth in ridership, the order has been placed within a framework contract signed in 2015 which provides for the supply of up ...

  • An SNCB Desiro EMU passes through the Schuman - Josaphat tunnel. Photo: Infrabel/Bart van Tricht

    Siemens to retrofit SNCB fleet for ETCS Level 2 operation


    BELGIUM: National passenger operator SNCB has selected Siemens Mobility to upgrade the ETCS onboard equipment on selected electric multiple-units and push-pull driving trailers for Level 2 operation.

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    Lineas divests locos and wagons in sale and leaseback agreements


    BELGIUM: As part of efforts to strengthen its balance sheet, freight operator Lineas has reached a sale and leaseback agreement covering a portion of its rolling stock fleet.

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    Metro Report International

    Tramway road-rail vehicles delivered


    BELGIUM: Zagro Bahn- und Baumaschinen has delivered four Unimog U423 road-rail vehicles to Brussels transport operator STIB. All four are equipped with the Zagro turntable rail guide for safe operation on tight radius curves. Two of the vehicles are intended for rescuing ...

  • Thalys

    Delta offers air passengers through travel by Thalys


    EUROPE: Delta Air Lines and Thalys have launched an Air+Rail programme enabling air passengers to make a through booking including high speed rail travel from Amsterdam Schiphol airport to Brussels or Antwerpen. ‘This Air+Rail programme with Thalys is just the beginning, as we look to offer ...

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    Rosehill Rail wins Infrabel level crossing contract


    BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel has awarded Rosehill Rail and its local partner Vatis an eight-year contract to supply rubber infills for use at 500 level crossings. The solid rubber infill material is produced in the UK from 100% recycled tyre rubber. ‘We’re delighted to have been ...