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SNCB debuts new uniforms with matching facemasks
The SNCB rail service debuted its new uniforms this week. The smart dark blue suits with bright blue piping replace the grey ensembles with orange detailing that staff have been wearing for 10 years.
The new uniforms will be worn by all staff who come into contact with the public on trains and platforms and in station ticket counters. Besides new designs of the well-known blazers, slacks, skirts, caps, ties and scarves, the new uniforms include winter coats and a matching facemask. A dress has also been added to the line for women who choose to wear one.
The new uniforms have winter and summer versions, both designed by the Xandres fashion label, headquartered in Destelbergen, just outside of Ghent. The final designs were selected by a jury of workers and regular travellers and then tested by a select group of staff last year. This led to some adjustments in the design for comfort and practical purposes.
According to the SNCB, the choice of materials and manufacturing were made according to strict standards of sustainability, and the old uniforms will be recycled to make other products, such as insulation materials.
Photos courtesy SNCB