Berlin-Rostock railway upgrade improves connections for passengers and goods

An integral part of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), the line is upgraded to bring higher capacity, shorter travel times, and better security.

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The investment ensures better accessibility between the agglomeration Berlin and Rostock, a key centre in the northeast of Germany at the coast of the Baltic Sea. In addition, the cities of Neustrelitz and Oranienburg profit from better connections to the two centres. This improves the integration of the Baltic Sea hinterland, a key objective of the Baltic Sea Strategy.

Among the main beneficiaries of the project are the citizens of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg, who will experience shorter travel times due to the higher travel speeds of up to 160 km/h. At the same time, freight traffic to Rostock harbour is being facilitated as the line is upgraded to accommodate heavy goods traffic with axle loads of up to 25 tonnes.

Part of a European rail corridor

The line is part of the TEN-T corridor 01 which provides a north-south connection from Scandinavia to southern Italy. The current investment also creates the necessary conditions for a future northern extension of the high-speed stretch of this corridor (Berlin – Munich – Verona/Milan – Naples).

Renewal of infrastructure

Overall, 63.5 km of railway line are being renewed, out of which 60.0 km are adapted for speeds of up to 160 km/h. The investment constitutes the third module of the modernisation of the Rostock-Berlin railway line, the first and second ones being already under construction.

While the general line run is not being changed as part of the upgrade, the construction works include modifications to the line routeing in order to improve driving dynamics. Stretches of the overhead contact line have to be renewed to adapt it to the increased traffic speed. Furthermore, an analysis of the track bed for problems such as susceptibility to frost action and load bearing capacity is being carried out, and additional protective layers are inserted where necessary to cope with higher axle loads.

This investment concerns the third module of the modernization and construction of the railway line Rostock-Berlin. It is expected to be finished by end-2015 and to generate 200 jobs during its implementation. The first module was approved in April 2011 and the second in February 2013. Both modules are still under construction.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Maßnahme Netz 21, Korridor 101, Streckenertüchtigung Rostock -Berlin, Modul 3” (Measure network 21, corridor 101, line upgrade Rostock-Berlin, module 3) is EUR 273 000 000, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) contributing EUR 69 000 000 through the “Transport” operational programme for the 2007-2013 programming period under priority axis 1, "National Railways". Module 1 and Module 2 respectively benefited from EUR 21 million EU financing, with EUR 86.3 million total costs for Module 1 and EUR 79.2 million total costs for Module 2.

Draft date

18/11/2014