A short history
Infrabel was founded in 2005. That means we’re still a young company. We were created as part of the reform of the Belgian railways to make free competition possible. But our history goes back much further than that!
We’re active across the whole country, which creates a lot of employment at various locations. With at least 11,000 employees, we swear by an efficient business structure and a clear division of labor.
You can find more information below about our directorates and supporting departments, Board of Directors and our subsidiaries.
Our new Chief Executive Officer Benoît Gilson is responsible for the day-to-day management. Of course, he doesn't do it alone: our management committee, which consists of the directors of the three directorates and our general services supports him in his mission
Lucia Van Laer
Nicolas Van Wijk
Board of directors
We only appoint new directors if their expertise is complementary to that of the current directors. Together they form a board with knowledge of financial and accounting matters, legal issues, the transport sector, mobility, human resources management and social relations. We emphasize equal representation: at least a third of the directors must be a woman, and we also strive for equality in terms of language.
- Jan Cornillie, Chairman
- Benoît Gilson, CEO
- Pierre Provost, Director
- Sylviane Portugaels, Director
- Anne Sophie Gillain, Director
- Bart Vandenberghe, Director
- Brigitte Pinte, Director
- Durkadin Yilmaz, Director
- Virginies Wislez, Director
- Herman De Bode, Director
- Ruben Lecok, Director
- Pier Eringa, Director
- Karel Stessens, Director
- Antoine de Borman, Director
Our company structure
We organize our activities in 3 directorates and 4 support services. Each of these entities has its own specializations and responsibilities.
Customer & Business Excellence
Asset management, Build & Traffic Operations
Finance & Business administration
HR & organization
Strategy & Corporate & Public Affairs
Information & communication technology
They have already placed their trust in us
As the infrastructure manager, we are responsible for distributing capacity on the network. Railway undertakings and carriers can purchase passenger and freight train paths from us. We have many other customers in addition to SNCB, the national passenger operator.
In Belgium, the rail sector is liberalized. Capacity reservation is therefore accessible to any company or group of companies that so wishes. Only the public service mission is entrusted exclusively to SNCB until 2033.
Anyone wishing to travel on the Belgian rail network must start by obtaining the necessary permits and safety certificates. Do you want to transport goods or passengers on the Belgian rail network, but do not have the necessary licence and safety certificate as a railway undertaking? As a non-RU applicant, you can book train paths on our network yourself. To do so, you must sign a capacity agreement with Infrabel. You must then select an available railway undertaking according to the train paths ordered.
We will be happy to help you with all these procedures. Do not hesitate to contact our team of Account Managers!
Belgian network map
The Belgian railway network comprises 3,602 kilometers of rail lines. That makes it one of the densest in the world! Curious about where all those tracks lie?