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Railway undertakings.

Always there for railway undertakings

What does Infrabel do for railway undertakings?

As infrastructure manager, we distribute rail capacity among the companies that transport goods or passengers via our railways. Take a glance at our products and you’ll see right away how it works. You'll also find out everything you need to know about riding on our network.

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Business Corner

As a registered railway undertaking you can use this portal to:
- reserve train paths online
- download regulations and administrative documents
- consult transport data
- consult invoices

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Network statement

Railway undertakings can find all the necessary information about access to and use of the Belgian railway infrastructure in our network statement.

Consult our network statement

Products for railway undertakings

Your Moves

A flexible reservation system for train paths: that's Your Moves. Railway companies can use it to submit or modify their short or long term capacity request. Our employees put together the timetable by matching specific needs to network availability.

An all-inclusive service within reach

We use our powerful applications to plan, organize, manage and monitor train traffic. You can follow each transport in real time via the secure Business Corner site. All your transport data is just a few clicks away.


Have an urgent question? We don’t like to keep you waiting. That’s why we’re available for you 24/7.

 

Long term 

Some things to take into account for the long term:
 

  1. If you submit your applications before the second Monday in April, they will be given priority over the rest. After this date you have up to 10 working days before the second Saturday in December to submit your applications. The new timetable starts on that day.
  2. Timetables may be changed during their validity period. Adjustments may also be made in the long term to capacity requests that have already been granted.
  3. Do you have a capacity request that we should include in the annual timetable? Send an e-mail to one of the following addresses: oss-rne@infrabel.be or dienstregelinggoederen@infrabel.be.


Need more information? Take a look at the RailNetEurope website.

Short term 

This is what we can help you do in the short term:
 

  1. Request new train paths (new organizations)
    • Up to four working days (before 10 a.m.) before the day on which the transport takes place: send an e-mail to inlegging@infrabel.be.
    • Up to two working days (before 10 a.m.) before the day on which the transport takes place: send an e-mail totreindienst@infrabel.be.
  2. Change existing train paths (registered organizations)
    In principle, we can change train paths up to 2 working days (before 10 a.m.) before the day on which the transport takes place. For this, send an e-mail to inlegging@infrabel.be.
  3. Real Time
    Real Time requests and adjustments are possible from two working days (before 10 a.m.) before the day on which the transport takes place. Send an e-mail to rijpadbeheerder@infrabel.be.
Freight corridors

Corridors) for the time being. These are European freight axes that cross several member states. The result? Intense cooperation between the European infrastructure managers per corridor became essential to ensure the smooth flow of goods. This also served as a stimulus for sustainable mobility.

Regulation 913/2010 provisionally established nine corridors, three of which run through Belgium:

 

  1. RFC Rhine-Alpine: Zeebrugge - Antwerp / Amsterdam / Rotterdam - Duisburg - Basel - Milan - Genoa. You can find more info on www.corridor-rhine-alpine.eu.
  2. RFC North Sea - Mediterranean: London / Dunkirk / Lille / Liege / Paris / Amsterdam - Rotterdam - Zeebrugge / Antwerp - Luxembourg - Metz - Dijon - Lyon / Basel - Marseille. You can find more info on www.rfc-northsea-med.eu.
  3. RFC North Sea - Baltic: Wilhelmshaven / Bremerhaven / Hamburg / Amsterdam / Rotterdam / Antwerp - Aachen / Berlin - Warsaw - Terespol / Kaunas / Falkenberg - Prague / Wroclaw - Katowice. You can find more info on www.rfc-northsea-baltic.eu.

Railway companies with a permit and a safety certificate can request capacity on the corridors. Other applicants such as charterers or forwarders can also do this via a small detour. They must first conclude a capacity agreement with us. For the actual transport activity, the applicant must designate an executive railway company.

Each corridor has a counter, a so-called Corridor One Stop Shop. There, railway companies and applicants who are not railway companies can apply for international train paths on the corridors. This is done via an IT application called Path Coordination System (PCS). RailNetEurope (RNE), the service provider for the corridor organizations, developed this application.

Contact information - Train path allocation

yourmoves@infrabel.be

Your Shunts

With Your Moves you can already ride on the national network via train paths. But thanks to Your Shunts, we are paving the way for railway companies that want to use local Belgian infrastructure. For example, freight and passenger trains can use local rail yards to form trains, carry out shunting, or to park.

Contact details - Local capacity

yourshunts@infrabel.be

Your Power 

We supply electrical energy to all railway companies that run on our network. We offer this energy to both locomotives and motor vehicles, as well as for the comfort equipment of passenger trains (heating, air conditioning, lighting, etc.)

With Your Power we provide your trains with all the electrical energy they need through a well-secured network of substations and overhead lines.

More information

Want to know more about our energy measurement system? Take look at the website www.eress.eu or download this brochure (Traction energy 2018).

Contact information - Energy Management

yourpower@infrabel.be

Your XXL

Exceptional rail freight?
That is to say:
 

  • A load that is wider, higher and/or lower than the Belgian load profile
  • A load that exceeds the permitted load category
  • A load that has to be loaded on several cars
  • Equipment that is not approved for our network

No problem! With Your XXL we already have the right solution.

Practical 

To be admitted, an application must first be submitted to the Office for Exceptional Transport so that they can carry out a feasibility study.
This is how you do it:

  1. Prepare an application based on Appendix A of the UIC 502 file. This file can be purchased on the UIC website.  
  2. Send the completed form by e-mail to yourxxl@infrabel.be
Combined transport

Various transport modes are involved in combined transport: rail transport, road transport, air and maritime transport. In that case, all loading units (containers, trailers, containers) must be approved and must bear the yellow coding plate (cf. EN13044).

The “Exceptional Transport” office is approved for the certification and approval of loading units of this type (ILU). After the study, the applicant receives a certificate which allows him to apply this yellow coding plate to the ILU. This enables the railway company to determine the correct route in a safe manner.

Contact information 

Infrabel
Traffic Management & Services

10-30 I-TMS.144 (Exceptional transport)
Avenue Fonsny 13, 1060 Brussels

yourxxl@infrabel.be

 

Rail operator.

Becoming a customer

Want to use our network? Just make sure that you can present a rail operator licence and a safety certificate. Becoming our customer is that simple! 

Rail operator licence

If you want to gain access to the Belgian rail network, you'll need a rail operator liscence. This proves that you have the necessary qualities and safeguards to use our network. If your company is based in Belgium, you can request it from the Federal Minister for Mobility. The rail operator liscence is valid throughout the European Union.

Why is this necessary?

The rail operator liscence provides proof that your rail company meets certain requirements in terms of its financial capacity, professional competence and integrity, and liability insurance.
Attention: in addition to the rail operator licence, you must also hold a safety certificate.

How does the procedure work?

If you have a place of business in Belgium, you can apply for the permit from the Federal Minister for Mobility.
- Send the application by registered mail or hand it over with acknowledgment of receipt.
- The minister will make a decision within 90 days of receiving your application file.
- The minister can check at any time whether you respect all the provisions of the railway license. 

What regulations apply?

  • Royal Decree 16/01/2007 on the license of the railway company 
  • Directive 95/18 / EC amended by Directive 2001/13 / EC, transposed into Belgian law by the law of 4/12/2006 on the use of the railway infrastructure ( 14, 15, 18). 

Find more information here 

Minister of Mobility/FPS Mobility and Transport
Rue du Progrès 56
1210 Brussels
www.mobilit.fgov.be

Contact information

Infrabel
Traffic Management & Services
Place Marcel Broodthaers 2,
1060 Brussels

Safety Certificate

If you want access to the Belgian rail network, you must present a safety certificate. This is proof that your company operates safely. The certificate consists of two parts.

Part A

Part A of the safety certificate is valid throughout the European Union and states that your safety management system complies with regulations. You apply for part A in the country where your registered office is located. Are you registered in Belgium? Then you do the following:
 

  • Fill out your application and include a file on your safety management system.
  • Has your rail operator liscence been issued by another EU member state? Then you must also include a copy of the liscence with the application.
  • Send your registered application to the safety authority (Safety and Interoperability of the Railways, DRSI).
  • The DRSI informs you of its decision within 90 working days.

Part B

Part B states that you meet the conditions for operating a network. For example technical specifications, national safety regulations, certification of safety personnel and rolling stock. You always apply for part B in the country where you want to ride. If that is Belgium, do the following:
 

  • Submit your application file to the safety authority (Safety and Interoperability of Railways, DRSI).
  • The DRSI informs you of its decision within 90 working days.
  • Did another EU Member State deliver part A of the safety certificate? The DRSI can then seek advice from NMBS Holding about the coherence of the safety management system.
Regulations
  • Royal Decree of 16/01/2007 on the safety license, the safety certificate, the commissioning of rolling stock and the annual safety report.
  • The conditions for obtaining a safety certificate can be found on the website of the national safety authority (DRSI).

Find more information here 

Railway Safety and Interoperability Service (DRSI)
Rue du Progrès 56
1210 Brussels                         
www.mobilit.fgov.be/

Contact information 

Infrabel
Traffic Management & Services
Place Marcel Broodthaers 2
1060 Brussel

Capacity request

Do you already have a rail operator liscence and have you started the procedure to get a safety certificate? Then we can already request the appropriate capacity tailored to your wishes and determine the best route and timetable.

Your Moves

You can request capacity or train paths via Your Moves. We'll look at the available options and optimally match your request. When we prepare the timetable, we always take your expectations into account as much as possible.

References

  • Law of 04/12/2006 on the use of the railway infrastructure
  • Directive 2001/14 / EC of 26/02/2001
  • Network statement

Contactgegevens

Infrabel
Traffic Management & Services
Place Marcel Broodthaers 2
1060 Brussel

User agreement

The user agreement between Infrabel and the railway company sets out the mutual rights and obligations. It contains, among other things, agreements on safety regulations, services and products, compensation and payment periods.

Framework agreement

We can conclude a framework agreement with railway companys that is valid for longer than one timetable period. In that agreement we lay out agreements about infrastructure capacity and fees. A framework agreement is usually valid for five years. Please note: of course it may not prevent other candidates or services from using the infrastructure.

References
 

  • Law of 04/12/2006 on the use of the railway infrastructure
  • Directive 2001/14 / EC of 26/02/200
  • Network statement

Contact information

Infrabel
Traffic Management & Services
Place Marcel Broodthaers 2
1060 Brussels

Usage fee


If you use the Belgian rail infrastructure, you pay us a fee for the used train path. We determine the rates and we invoice and collect the usage fee. The rate determination is based on various parameters. For example, the weight of the train, the distance to be covered, the priority of transport, and so on.

The 4 components of the usage fee

The usage fee consists of four components:

  1. the train path-line charge for the use of the continuous rail lines
  2. the train path-installation charge for the use of the platform tracks and some arrival and departure tracks
  3. the shunting charge for the use of shunting installations
  4. the administrative costs for handling the capacity requests


Do you want more information about the calculation of the usage fee? You can find this in the Network statement.

Track access charges applicable as of the 2021 timetable
In order to comply with European requirements, the track access charges will be determined according to a new methodology as from the 2021 timetable. The main changes are set out in the attached documents (only available in French and Dutch).

 

References
  • Directive 2001/14 / EC of 26/02/2001
  • Royal Decree of 12/03/2003 (art. 61 to 65)
  • Royal Decree of 9/12/2004 on the implementation of Chapters VIII and IX of the Royal Decree of 12/03/03 on the conditions of use of the railway infrastructure (art. 19 to 31)
  • Network statement

Contactgegevens

Infrabel
Traffic Management & Services
Marcel Broodthaersplein 2
1060 Brussel

Admission of rolling stock

You must have a traffic permit for rolling stock that runs and/or works directly on the tracks (both in and out of service). How do you obtain it? Simple: the equipment in question must conform to the applicable legal requirements. The Railway Safety and Interoperability Service (DRSI) is responsible for awarding a certificate that allows you to use rolling stock for train paths.

This is in accordance with the Royal Decree of 1 July 2014 on the adoption of the applicable requirements for rolling stock for the use of train paths. These requirements concern the Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), the specifications for ETCS brake curves and the functional description of TBL1 +.

Be sure to view the documents below (documents are only available in French and Dutch because all procedures must be done in one of these two languages.):

In French:

In Dutch:

Contact information - Railway Safety and Interoperability Service (DRSI)

Minister of Mobility/FPS Mobility and Transport
Rue du Progrès 56
1210 Brussels

E-mail: nsa@mobilit.fgov.be

Infrabel
Directie Traffic Management & Services
10-30 I-TMS.145
Avenue Fonsny 13
1060 Brussels
E-mail: homat@infrabel.be

Account management

Our account management builds efficient and solid relationships with our customers based on a foundation of trust. The account manager is the most important point of contact for the customer as well as his greatest partner for jointly developing logistics solutions.

Our account management proactively analyzes the needs of the customers, gives advice and explanations of the procedures where necessary and ensures that appropriate solutions are offered. He or she is also responsible for announcing our products and services.

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