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Over a Third of Deutsche Bahn's Projects to Conclude Early in an Infrastructure Leap

Over a Third of Deutsche Bahn's Projects to Conclude Early in an Infrastructure Leap
photo: Deutsche Bahn / Public domain/Deutsche Bahn
04 / 04 / 2024

Deutsche Bahn's 'Small and Medium-Sized Measures' infrastructure program is to significantly enhance Germany's rail network, with 138 out of a total of 355 projects slated for completion by the end of 2025.

Representing 40 percent of the initiatives, these early completions involve an investment of approximately EUR 1 billion out of the EUR 4 billion allocated for the entire program. The projects range from the addition of new platforms and signals to enhanced track-switching operations, focusing on improving the network's capacity and punctuality for both passenger and freight services.

This program is a critical component of the German national strategy to foster a more efficient and eco-friendly rail system, with full implementation targeted by 2030. According to Deutsche Bahn, it is funded through a combination of the federal government's climate protection package and DB's own resources.

"The program is an important part of our tasks at DB InfraGO. This is about the existing network. In line with the Group's Strong Rail strategy, we have been focusing on 'small and medium-sized measures' since 2022 to eliminate bottlenecks quickly and at a very good price-performance ratio and make the network more resilient," says Philipp Nagl, CEO of DB InfraGO AG. "Thanks to accelerated implementation – for example by bundling measures and streamlining project planning – we are increasingly able to achieve a big impact quickly with small and particularly effective projects. Our passengers and freight customers benefit directly from this."