BELGIUM: Infrastructure manager Infrabel announced on January 25 that it had started work on a new national training centre, due for completion by the end of 2020 at a cost of €20m. Located next to Brussels Ouest station, the centre will bring together activities currently undertaken across Belgium, including initial training for the 500 new entrants joining Infrabel each year. It will also enable staff to refresh and update their skills in the course of their railway careers.
As well as a 200-seat lecture theatre and 23 classrooms, facilities will include 11 simulators for training signalling staff. For practical instruction, an outdoor training area will be equipped with examples of track work, level crossings and signalling equipment, including GSM-R antennas.