Development of the railway infrastructure in Sachsen-Anhalt

Connecting Erfurt to Leipzig and Halle completes a missing section of a continuous line crossing Germany from north to south, from Hamburg to Munich. The modernisation and completion of the railway not only reinforces national and European mobility, but also creates jobs during and after the implementation of the project.

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The “Traffic project German Unification 8” (VDE 8 project), which was approved by the German Federal Government in 1991, is one of the biggest and most innovative infrastructure initiatives in Germany, with a total cost of about EUR 10 billion. 

Unifying the national and European railway network

Closing the gap between Erfurt and Leipzig/Halle is the keystone to connecting Munich and Hamburg. This new line (VDE 8.2) enables fast travelling between east and west. The electric train needs a traction power supply, which will be provided by a 57.3 km long electric overhead wire, starting from the rail network node Gröbers (Halle) to the state border Sachsen-Anhalt/Thüringen. This represents module 2 of the “Railways Erfurt-Leipzig/Halle (Saale)” project, module 3 being the section which connects Sachsen-Anhalt/Thuringia to Erfurt.

The development of the rail infrastructure is a crucial step to ensure that it is effective enough to cope with the predicted increase in railway traffic. Its modernisation and high-speed lines allow speeds of 300 km/h. All in all, this represents considerable advantages for the Deutsche Bahn and the national rail network. But its European dimension cannot be ignored: the railway line falls within the EU transport infrastructure policy, the TEN-T network, connecting the eastern north-south axis between Scandinavia and northern Italy, and ultimately contributing to general mobility within the EU.

An electric train racing through the German landscape

The VDE 8.2 project establishes a high-speed line for passengers and freight transport, reducing travelling time. The ultimate goal for the Deutsche Bahn is to reduce travelling time from Berlin to Munich to only four hours, offering a viable alternative to road traffic jams and air travel. At the same time, it is also the most environmentally friendly option for commuters, travellers and tourists. 

The project covers a dual-track electric rail system, for which a high-performance contact wire RE 330 is being installed. In Gröbers, a SICAT standard-compliant overhead contact transition system is required. This entire segment covers a total of 114.6 km of tracks.

Apart from benefitting the travellers, this project creates an estimate of 808 jobs during and 696 jobs after its implementation.

 

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Railways Erfurt-Leipzig/Halle (Saale), module 2 – overhead contact wire in section Sachsen-Anhalt” is EUR 57 931 972, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 22 700 000 through the “Transport infrastructure of the Federal Republic of Germany” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period. Module 2 and 3 combined represent a total EU investment of approximately EUR 33 000 000.

Draft date

14/04/2016