What do we do for industries, ports, terminals and the business world?
At Infrabel, we place our rail network at the service of the economy and share our expertise with companies that need it. Today's companies are looking for sustainable mobility. This is why Infrabel is attentive to industrialists for the national or international transport of their freight. Is your company looking for a sustainable alternative for the transport of people or goods? Do you want to optimise your logistics chain and make it more ecological? Rail transport may be a solution for you! One of our account managers will be happy to discuss possible scenarios with you. If your geographic location allows it, a direct connection to the rail network may even be possible so that a freight train, for example, can access your production or storage site directly. You can also choose to book your own rail route and contact a railway undertaking.
You can also choose to book your own rail route, by becoming a non-railway company candidate, and contact a railway undertaking.
Would you like to explore the possibility of connecting your company to our rail network? To run a train on our network, order train paths or learn more about exceptional transport? Do not hesitate to contact our team of Account Managers! We will be happy to guide you through the world of rail and our network, analyse your needs and advise you on how to participate together in the modal shift.
For further information, please consult the following documents:
Capacity reservation agreement
As a company or group of companies, do you want to reserve rail capacity? In this case, the signing of the capacity reservation contract defines the respective rights and obligations of each party, in particular the terms and conditions relating to the products offered and their invoicing.
The capacity reservation agreement is essential for the allocation of the requested capacity. You will also have to appoint a railway undertaking to operate the transport on your train path.
Further information is available in the Network Statement.
If you use the Belgian rail infrastructure, you pay us a fee for the used train path.
The utilisation charge consists of the following elements:
- direct line cost (Your Moves): the cost directly attributable to the operation of the rail service
- Ramsey-Boiteux mark-up (Your Moves): is added to the direct line cost and is calculated according to the inverse elasticity of demand rule. The level of this mark-up depends on the segment, the train circulation period and the density class of the lines crossed.
- direct catenary cost (Your Power): covers the use of power supply systems for traction current and applies only to actual traffic.
- access to service facilities (Your Facilities)
More information about the calculation of the utilisation charge can be found in the Network statement.
Since 1 January 2007, domestic and international freight transport has been fully open to competition. To improve the quality of the services provided and the efficiency of rail freight transport, and thus promote sustainable mobility, the European Union has defined eleven international freight corridors (RFC – Rail Freight Corridors), three of which pass through Belgium. These are European freight routes that cross several Member States. Intensive collaboration between European infrastructure managers for each corridor is essential to ensure the smooth movement of freight.
You will find more information in the Network statement.
General information and a detailed description of the freight corridors in which Infrabel is involved can be found on the following websites:
- RFC Rhine – Alpine: www.corridor-rhine-alpine.eu
- RFC North Sea – Mediterranean: www.rfc-northsea-med.eu
- RFC North Sea – Baltic: www.rfc-northsea-baltic.eu
The rules specific to freight corridors are described in the Corridor Information Document (CID): www.rne.eu/rail-freight-corridors/corridor-information-documents.
As the Belgian railway infrastructure manager, we want to further support and encourage the modal shift. Indeed, the ambition is to double the volume of goods transported by rail by 2030. Therefore, rail must become the backbone of a more sustainable mobility system.
Thanks to a reliable rail network and innovative solutions and services, Infrabel wants to make it possible for various actors, such as companies and ports, to make the switch to rail transport. Various partners already use our rail network and services to transport their goods by rail, such as the chemical, automotive and construction sectors.