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Impressive Overhaul: 120 Kilometers of Tracks and 150 Switches Revamped in 5 Months

Impressive Overhaul: 120 Kilometers of Tracks and 150 Switches Revamped in 5 Months
photo: Matthias Greinwald / Flickr/DB Seefeld in Tirol
20 / 12 / 2023

Did you know that in Sweden, a four-track railway was opened between the cities of Malmö and Lund, or that Deutsche Bahn is continuing a pilot project to repair the Riedbahn corridor? In this article, we present some interesting developments from the international railway world.

In Sweden, specifically between Malmö and Lund, a new four-track railway has been inaugurated. The increased capacity on this line will substantially boost traffic flow, which, along with the upcoming schedule change, means more trains on the tracks. Train service was suspended for two weeks before the completion of the work. The section between Lund and Arlöv was expanded from two to four tracks. Construction started between Arlöv and Flackarp in 2017 and between Flackarp and Klostergården in 2020.

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Deutsche Bahn (DB) is progressing with the Riedbahn corridor repair project. Significant advancements have been made in reconstructing the Riedbahn, a crucial corridor linking Frankfurt/Main and Mannheim. This project is a collaboration between four companies: Leonhard Weiss, Spitzke, Swietelsky Baugesellschaft, and Siemens Mobility, responsible for safety and control technology.

The overhaul encompasses numerous enhancements. Approximately 120 kilometers of track, 150 switches, 140 kilometers of catenary lines, and the modernization of control and security equipment will be replaced. Additionally, all 20 stations along the route will undergo modifications. The plan is to achieve all this in a remarkably short time frame of just 5 months. Passengers can look forward to precise train departure and arrival times, modernized station facilities, and noise barriers for residents.

This reconstruction aligns with DB's Strong Rail strategy, aimed at addressing key objectives in German transport and climate policy. The goal is to double passenger transport capacity and expand the market share in rail freight transport. To achieve these objectives, it is essential to enhance the infrastructure to accommodate an increased influx of passengers.