Since the Belgian Railways were split up on 1 January 2005, the management of the infrastructure and the operation of the rail traffic have been carried out by independent public companies. The SNCB (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Belges Belgian National Railway Company), which operates the rail traffic, is part of the SNCB Group which also includes SNCB Holding and Infrabel (manager of the railway network).

Structure of the SNCB

The SNCB is composed of the following bodies:

  • 4 departments under the authority of the CEO: "General Secretariat", "Policy and Legal Affairs", "Public and Corporate Affairs" and "Human Resources";
  • 3 managements: "SNCB Mobility", "SNCB Europe", "SNCB Technics";
  • 2 periphera services: "Central Support" and "Finance".
  • Freight traffic is managed by the subsidiary SNCB Logistics. SNCB Logistics is truly a freight group, and coordinates a series of specialised subsidiaries.

Role of the SNCB

The SNCB is the Belgian public law company limited by shares that guarantees the operation and marketing of national international passenger and freight rail transport services. It is also in charge of managing the rolling stock. The SNCB has about 21,000 employees, with a turnover of 2.2 billion euros. It also manages its participations in Eurostar and Thalys, as well as in the subsidiaries IFB and TRW.  The SNCB plays a key role in developing sustainable mobility by offering a quality service that is reliable and in tune with the market.

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