BELGIUM marked the completion of a major infrastructure project in the port of Antwerp on the evening of December 9, when the 16.2km Liefkenshoek rail link was inaugurated in the presence of guests including Belgian mobility minister Mrs Jacqueline Galant, Flemish minister-president Mr Geert Bourgeois, and Mr Ben Weyts, Flemish minister for mobility and public works.
THIS MONTH sees major changes in the organisation of Belgium's railway industry with the implementation of reforms that will abolish Belgian National Railways (SNCB) Holding and transfer all of its assets, liabilities, and activities to the state-owned train operator, SNCB, and infrastructure manager Infrabel.
BELGIAN National Railways (SNCB) says it has completed a programme to equip all locomotives, multiple units, and driving trailers with the Transmission Balise Locomotive Driving aid system (TBL1+), which is being rolled out across the Belgian network following the collision at Buizingen in February 2010, which killed 18 people.
BELGIAN infrastructure manager Infrabel says civil works have now been completed on the 16.2km Liefkenshoek rail link, which will provide a direct connection for freight trains between the western area of Antwerp docks and Antwerp North yard on the east bank of the river Scheldt.
THREE national infrastructures managers, ProRail, Infrabel and French Rail Network (RFF), together with Luxembourg Railways (CFL) and Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), have set up a unified structure to manage European Corridor 2 to provide a one-stop shop for freight operators.