Removal of level crossings
Safety is Infrabel's number one priority. Each year 45 accidents happen on average at level crossings. Infrabel is working to remove as many level crossings as possible and replace them with safer alternatives.
Fewer level crossings, reduced risk
Alongside our many awareness campaigns about the safe use of level crossings, Infrabel is working to remove the risk of accidents at level crossings completely. To do this, we are systematically reducing the number of intersections where the tracks cross public roads. By doing so, we are prioritising busy railway lines. In 2017, we removed around 14 level crossings.
A level crossing cannot just be removed overnight. Firstly, Infrabel conducts preliminary and mobility studies in conjunction with the local authorities. Together with all concerned parties, we consider what would be the best alternative to the level crossing that is to be removed. That could be, for example, a bridge or a tunnel, or a diversion to an existing crossing point further along the track.
Co-financed by the European Union
Infrabel has repeatedly benefited from EU funding to remove a number of level crossings under the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) program and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program.