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EU to support upgrade high speed rail link in southern Germany

Creation date: January 11, 2013

The European Union will provide support of €5 million from the TEN-T Programme to develop a high speed rail section on a key railway line in southern Germany. The project, which is part of the "Railway axis Berlin-Verona/Milano-Bologna-Napoli-Messina-Palermo" (TEN-T Priority Project 1), will upgrade and improve an existing bottleneck on the route, allowing for a faster connection to an important new high speed line.


The project, selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Annual Call, concerns a 4 km stretch of an existing two-track railway line north of Nuremburg. It will upgrade the section to a four-track electrified railway line, allowing both passenger and freight traffic to travel at high speed (up to 160 km/h).


Upgrading this section will not only relieve the existing bottleneck, but will also allow the line to be used by both freight and passenger traffic at the same time.


The project is set to be concluded by the end of 2014.


For more information, please consult the project's page!



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