Creation date: December 8, 2017
INEA Director Dirk Beckers and Head of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Department Andreas Boschen took part in the inauguration ceremony of the German Unity Transport project N° 8 (VDE8) today, in presence of Chancellor Merkel. The newly launched and upgraded double-track Nuremberg–Erfurt–Leipzig/Halle–Berlin line will cut the travel times from Berlin to Munich from the current 6.5 to about 4 hours, thus boosting the competitiveness of rail travel between both cities.
Three EU-funded projects have prepared the line's upgrade since 2007, among them Works for the construction of the section between Erfurt and Halle/Gröbers and New railway line (NBS) Ebensfeld-Erfurt: sections in Bavaria (BA 3121 Füllbachtal bridge, BA 3122 Fornbach bridge) managed by INEA. In total, the investment of the EU's TEN-T programme in these projects has been €57.7 million, whereas the contribution of the Regional Development Fund €320.6 million. Several other EU-funded projects have provided substantial contribution in earlier funding periods.
The opening of VDE 8 is a significant milestone to improve rail infrastructure on the EU's Scandinavian-Mediterranean transport corridor. While this first major global project is completed, works continue on the fixed Fehmarn Belt crossing and the Brenner Base tunnel to complete this European corridor.