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    SNCB and Infrabel clash over rail works planning

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    Relations between the SNCB and Infrabel, the railway infrastructure’s management company, are not good. The former effectively wants to run more trains on some lines, which is not possible because of planned works being carried out at the same time by the latter, Mediahuis newspapers reported on Tuesday.

    The SNCB wants to run extra trains on selected routes, notably the heavily used tracks between Brussels and Ghent, but also to open new lines. However, the railway company is being hampered by uncoordinated works, it regretted. “We often know far too late what works are planned,” company spokesman Dimitri Temmerman said.

    Infrabel said it did not understand the criticism and considered there had been ample warning. “Most of the time, the SNCB knows six months to a year in advance where works will be carried out – except when we have to intervene in an emergency or another unexpected way,” it responded.

    On Friday the SNCB sent a letter to Infrabel, calling for the creation of the coordinating mechanism required by law.

    The Brussels Times