Bringing a key waterway route up to modern standards in Germany

A key waterway route connecting the German cities of Rühen, Magdeburg and Berlin is undergoing major redevelopment so that it can meet the demands required of modern transport infrastructures.

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The recessing and enlargement of two sections of the Magdeburg-Berlin waterway will allow the Elbe-Havel channel to accommodate larger vessels while enhancing traffic safety along the route. Two new lock chambers are being built as part of the modernisation. The project creates 276 jobs during the implementation phase.

The project forms part of a wider scheme taking place in the regions of Berlin, Brandenburg and Sachsen-Anhalt for the upgrading of waterways which were planned and constructed in the 1930s.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Construction of single sections of the waterway Magdeburg-Berlin (VDE17) Module 1” is EUR 23 384 616, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 15 200 000 from the Operational Programme “Transport” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Waterways”.

Draft date

02/09/2015