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Deutsche Bahn Builds High-performance Corridors for Higher Quality and Punctuality

Deutsche Bahn Builds High-performance Corridors for Higher Quality and Punctuality
photo: Volker Emersleben / DB AG/Deutsche Bahn Builds High-performance Corridors for Higher Quality and Punctuality
21 / 11 / 2022

Deutsche Bahn is taking the next steps to the future high-performance network. To enable more traffic on climate-friendly rail and, at the same time, increase quality and punctuality, DB is tackling two more corridors in 2025: Hamburg-Berlin and Emmerich-Oberhausen. One of the busiest routes in passenger transport as well as a crucial freight axis will thus be among the most modern and efficient routes in Germany in the future.

Federal Transport Minister Dr Volker Wissing: "I am very pleased that the consultations with the industry are progressing and that we can take the next steps on the way to the high-performance network. The general renovation will improve conditions for freight transport in particular again on the heavily used section of the Rotterdam-Genoa line. Hamburg-Berlin, on the other hand, has already proven in the past what potential a well-functioning rail service on this route has for climate protection. The goal here is again clear: to achieve as much improvement as possible for the overall system with a short bundled intervention."

DB CEO Dr Richard Lutz: "The Hamburg-Berlin line connects Germany's two largest cities and, with 30,000 passengers a day on long-distance trains, is the front-runner among direct city connections in Germany. Today, trains run here every half hour, according to the Deutschlandtakt. We are also focusing on freight transport. With Emmerich-Oberhausen, we are rehabilitating the transport artery Rotterdam-Genoa. Both corridors are central building blocks in the future high-performance network. Our goal is to win even more people and companies for climate-friendly rail through the bundled renewal of the most important corridors."

The Hamburg-Berlin corridor will be closed to train traffic for the so-called general renovation from June to December 2025. During this time, DB is bundling numerous works on tracks, points and overhead lines on the approximately 280-kilometre-long route and is advancing the equipment for the digital railway operation of the future, among other things by modernising signal boxes. In Hagenow-Land and Wittenberge, DB is expanding the track infrastructure. Additional overtaking facilities for trains create more flexibility in long-distance, local and freight traffic. Thanks to the general renovation, numerous line closures can be avoided in the following years. In addition, DB is upgrading the stations. They will receive modern platform roofs, weather shelters, and new guidance systems and be equipped for greater accessibility. Passengers and goods will reach their destinations reliably and predictably during the work. To this end, DB is working out a comprehensive replacement concept with the railway undertakings and federal states affected. The diversion routes will be upgraded in advance.

For the Emmerich-Oberhausen line, a rehabilitation and upgrading concept specially adapted to this corridor is being planned. Background: The 72-kilometre-long line cannot be fully closed for a longer period because the many international goods trains cannot be completely shifted to the existing diversion routes. Therefore, the rehabilitation will be carried out in the period between November 2024 and June 2026 with timed closures and predominantly single-track operations based on the agreements reached with the Netherlands. During this time, DB will implement as many measures as possible in parallel. These include the construction of the already planned third track and the necessary renovation of the existing facilities.

Once the work has been completed, the positive effects for passengers and freight operators will be felt throughout the entire rail network beyond the Hamburg-Berlin corridor and the Emmerich-Oberhausen line: more efficient lines, more punctual trains, fewer infrastructure-related disruptions and more capacity for passenger and freight traffic. At the same time, DB will avoid or reduce future restrictions due to recurring construction measures.

DB will start with the general renovation of the highly congested corridors in 2024 on the line between Frankfurt/Main and Mannheim, the so-called Riedbahn. Until 2030, DB wants to tackle at least two more corridors per year. The routes are selected and prioritised in close coordination with the federal government and its authorities as well as the railway undertakings, public authorities and associations.


Source: Deutsche Bahn Press Releases