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All aboard for Blankenberge

With exceptional May weather this weekend, NMBS / SNCB is operating 26 short-notice additional services this, offering 10,000 additional seats.  Those from outside Belgium might be surprised (in a positive or critical fashion) at the ability of an operator nowadays to achieve this. 6 more words


Belgium's incumbent freight operator offers a paradigm for SNCF Fret

Ten years ago, B Cargo, the freight division of SNCB / NMBS was in a similar financial situation to that of SNCF Fret. In an interview, the man who was appointed to turn it round, Geert Pauwels, describes the changes that took place. 212 more words


SNCB only employs Belgian nationals as guards

It may be a surprise to most readers to learn that the role of ‘accompagnateur’ in SNCB is only open to Belgian nationals. By contrast, this requirement does not apply to train drivers. 57 more words


Belgium signals intent to defy European rail liberalisation

Unlike in France, there has been little comment in the press about the impending requirement for access to Belgium’s rail network to be liberalised.

In an interview with l’Echo, François Bellot, Belgium’s transport minister has stated his wish to make an 10-year direct award for a national PSO management contract to SNCB / NMBS in 2023, apparently without competition for the market. 55 more words


New Belgian train departure process to improve safety

A few months after abandoning a long, expensive project to introduce a new SNCB/NMBS station dispatch process based upon GSM-R radio, a more basic arrangement will be introduced in June.  75 more words


Punten voor de treinbegeleider

Gisteren op het treintje van Brussel naar Aalter kwam de treinbegeleider af om ons vervoerbewijs te controleren. Maar we kwamen net aan in Aalter dus velen van ons stappen daar af. 117 more words


Belgian 'minimum service' law for rail strikes not yet in operation

Today, February 27th, sees a national strike on the Belgian rail network.  Last November, a law was passed obliging Infrabel, SNCB/NMBS and unions to provide a minimum service during strikes but it is not yet in operation. 38 more words