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NMBS aims to increase trains by 10 percent and increase passengers by 30 percent by 2032

NMBS aims to increase trains by 10 percent and increase passengers by 30 percent by 2032

The board of rail company NMBS unanimously approved the draft texts of the multi-year business plan and investment plan for 2023-2032 on Friday. The goal is to increase train width by 10 percent over the next 10 years and passenger numbers by 30 percent, NMBS said in a press release.

“These plans are a translation of a robust and integrated industrial project for the next 10 years,” according to NMBS. The plan also talks about “improving customer experience” and “an ambitious and realistic performance path.” The debt will be reduced by 1 billion euros over the next ten years.

The draft plans were discussed for a year with Mobility Minister George Gilkennett (Ecolo). They still have a political path to go, but the intention is that they will result in a new management agreement between the federal government and the National Statistics Office before the end of the year. For the first time it is valid for ten years. It’s been four years now. The previous management agreement has expired since 2012.

Infrabel

According to NMBS, the plans were also coordinated with the director of the rail network Infrabel. These agreements should ensure capacity growth along with increased investments in stations.

The approval of the draft plans comes a week after Cabinet approved Minister Gilkinet’s proposal “Spoorvisie 2040”. It states, among other things, that by 2040, a train should run on the entire rail network every 30 minutes, and every 15 minutes around major cities. There is also talk of “attractive, simple fares”, which according to media reports means that NMBS will be given freedom to use different ticket prices during and off-peak hours.

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“This document is an essential tool that has been waiting for more than ten years, since the last management contract with the Swiss Central Bank (SNCB) dates back to 2008. Gradually, all the pieces of the puzzle are put in place, Gilkinet reacts to the draft approved plans.” Gradually the final stage of the process that should lead us to agree to a new public service contract between the Swiss National Bank and the Belgian state.”