Rail line electrification brings promise of more efficient services

The electrification of a stretch of rail line between the German town of Plauen and the border of Saxony and Bavaria will improve train services for passengers and freight traffic.

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The work forms part of a wider scheme to improve the railway line running between Nuremburg, Reichenbach and the German-Czech border. This sub-section covers the electrification of 34.1 km of track and is scheduled to be completed by December 2013. Measures will be taken to distribute power and guarantee energy supply in order to electrify the route. Overhead power lines and masts will be installed as part of the engineering work.

This section of line is part of an important trans-regional link between Nuremburg and Saxony’s regional centres. Improving the rail link between Plauen and the administrative centre of Reichenbach will increase accessibility to south west Saxony. People travelling from the nearby Czech border will also benefit from the scheme. In addition, the revamped line will improve connections to the Central German rail link and the rail hub at Zwickau.


Easing bottlenecks


At the moment, only a section of rail line to the north of Reichenbach station is electrified. Electrification of the whole route will do away with the need to change trains at the station. The project will therefore contribute to reducing existing bottlenecks while optimising traffic flow. Passengers and freight users can also look forward to reduced journey times and better services as the line will allow for greater train speeds and a higher capacity.

The project is expected to create 25 jobs during the 42-month implementation phase and a further 125 posts when the line comes into operation. The line is an integral part of the EU’s Trans-European Network (TEN-T). The TEN-T initiative receives significant amounts of EU funding to improve transport infrastructures across Europe.


Total and EU funding


The project “Electrification of the rail route from Reichenbach to the federal state boundary between Saxony and Bavaria, module 2 (construction section 3)” has a total eligible budget of EUR 56 314 203, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 22 000 000 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.


Draft date

23/01/2013