A high-speed rail connection between Berlin and Rostock

Renovations on rail line between Berlin and Rostock are dramatically reducing journey times while improving capacity and increasing safety.

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The Berlin-Rostock rail route is a vital connection between the two cities. The upgrade is resulting in high speed trains being able to travel at speeds of 160 km/h. This higher speed is shortening journey times by up to 47.5 minutes along the route.

The works involve the replacement of track installations, modernisation of control and security technology, the enhancement and construction of overhead lines, and the integration of electronic signal box technology.

Residents of Berlin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Brandenburg stand to directly benefit from the works. The improvements also benefit regional towns along the route as well as long-distance travellers and freight transporters.

Improving regional connections

The project improves rail links at the regional level for medium-sized towns like Neustrelitz and Oranienburg. The revamped line is creating an effective infrastructure which can cope with forecasted increases in traffic volumes. The scheme is also improving hinterland connections around the Baltic Sea area.

International travellers are also benefiting as the line forms an integral part of the Trans-European Network (the so-called TEN-T programme) linking Berlin and Messina through Leipzig/Halle – Erfurt –Nurnberg – Munich – Verona – Bologna – Naples. The Berlin-Rostock route is classified as an extension of a corridor running from southern to northern Europe and finishing in Scandinavia.


Total investment and EU funding

The project “Maßnahme Netz 21, Korridor 101, Streckenertüchtigung Rostock Berlin” is divided into 3 phases. Total invesment for module 1 is EUR 86.3 million with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 21million through the “Verkehr EFRE Bund” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period under priority “National railways”. Total investment of The 2nd phase and 3rd phase is respectively EUR 79.2 million and EUR 273 million with the EU contributing EUR 21 million and EUR 69 million through the same operational programme under the same priority.


Draft date

22/10/2013