Rail electrification will improve services

An important rail connection near the German border with the Czech Republic is to be electrified – a move which will significantly improve the flow of passenger and goods services in South-West Saxony.

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This project will provide for the electrification of a 62.9 km stretch of railway line between Plauen and Nuremburg. The scheme will ensure that the rail line between Leipzig/Dresden and Hof is completely electrified by the end of 2013.

Installation of overhead wires and masts are key to the project, which will also require the construction of 11 bridges. Work will include replacing the Göltzschtal viaduct’s rail support structure. In addition, a coupling point and remote control systems will be constructed as part of the electrification measures. The project also encompasses a 27.3 km extension of rail track to Plauen.

Easing bottlenecks

The route on which the work will be carried out serves both goods and passenger traffic between Nuremburg, Leipzig and Dresden. It is therefore regarded as an important trans-regional rail link between the metropolitan region of Nuremburg and Saxony’s most important regional centres.

At the moment, only the section of rail line north of Reichenbach railway station is electrified. Electrification of the entire route will do away with the need to change trains at the station – this will ease existing bottlenecks and improve rail traffic flows. What is more, improving the rail link between Plauen and Reichenbach will increase accessibility to two of the most important development areas in South-West Saxony. The scheme will also improve connections to the Central German rail link and the Zwickau rail hub.

The project is expected to provide 93 jobs through implementation and 333 posts during the exploitation phase.

Total and EU funding

The project “Electrification of the rail route Reichenbach – Federal State boundary Saxony/Bavaria, Module 1 (construction sections 1 and 2)” has a total eligible budget of EUR 46 541 689, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 25 700 000 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

Draft date

10/07/2012