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Water Extension of the Mittelland canal from km 302.377 to 303.800 - removal of the last bottleneck


The Mittelland Canal (MLK) is a major canal in central Germany and provides the principal east-west inland waterway connection in the country. The Action is a pre-identified project of the North Sea Baltic corridor, Berlin-Twentekanaal section, and is part of a Global project on the extension of the MLK, supported by EU funding in the past.


Its aim is to improve the section between Hanover and Berlin in compliance with the criteria of Class Vb European Waterways. Its activities will be widening and increasing the depth of the canal bed from km 302.377 to km 303.800 in conjunction with an adjustment of bridge clearance heights.


The Action will guarantee a safer, economical and environmentally friendly goods transport link between the Berlin-Magdeburg-Hanover route and the West German industrial centres, while improving hinterland connections to the most important North Sea ports.



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Implementation schedule:

Start date: July 2015

End date: November 2017


Beneficiary & implementing body:

Bundesministerium für Verkehr und
digitale Infrastruktur


Additional information:

 European Commission, DG MOVE

 Coordinator's report on the Corridor