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Comfort and quality
Passengers are entitled to a pleasant travel experience. This is why Infrabel maintains the infrastructure as best it can via numerous modernisation projects. These modernisations enable Infrabel to provide a safe infrastructure as well as punctual trains. Stopping points are not forgotten when it comes to modernisation. Streamlining with other public transport methods plays a central role herein. A selection of different modernisation projects:
Everyone likes to travel comfortably. While the SNCB looks after the larger Belgian train stations, Infrabel is responsible for the platforms and access to them (stairways, escalators, lifts, underpasses, pedestrian bridges, etc.). Infrabel takes care of the required lighting, shelters and intercoms too. All these items require regular maintenance. Currently, for instance, renovation work is being carried out at the following stations: Brugge, Gent-Sint-Pieters, Namur, Charleroi and Mons.
The Belgian railway network currently includes 339 unmanned stops that have no personnel or ticket office. Infrabel takes full responsibility for managing these stopping points and is progressively improving the provision of information to travellers on the basis of various pilot projects.
Ever fewer signalling boxes
Signalling boxes are used to control train traffic in a certain regions through switches and signals on the track. When Infrabel was established in 2005, the railway network included no less than 368 signal cabins. Infrabel is aiming to reduce this type of local traffic control to 31 large signalling boxes by 2014. By 2020, the number of signalling boxes in Belgium will have to have been reduced to just 10.