Rail line project will mean faster, more efficient services

The third phase of construction to improve rail connections between Leipzig and Dresden promises to help increase capacity and train speeds for both passenger and freight services. Those set to benefit include the 1.1 million people who live in the region along with long-distance travellers.

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The work planned through this project forms part of a larger scheme known as the German Unity Transport Project no9 (VDE 9), which also aims to extend the trans-European high-speed transport network (TEN-T). The entire VDE 9 project will increase train speeds on the Leipzig-Dresden route to 200 km per hour and reduce travel time between the two cities from 90 minutes to 45 minutes. In addition, VDE 9 will separate local and long-distance travel, which will improve links between important centres along the route. Plus, by helping to shift freight transport from road to rail, the project is expected to deliver reductions in greenhouse gas emissions of up to 43 900 tonnes per year.

In addition to making travel easier for local people, VDE 9 will improve services for those who journey to and from places like Karlsruhe, Stuttgart, Nuremburg – as well international travellers connecting to Poland and the Czech Republic.

Project history – and future

The first phase of the VDE 9 project included the construction of rail line between Leipzig and Riesa, which became operational in 2003. Phase two included the extension of the line between Marienbrücke and Dresden Central Station, which was finished in 2006. Much work has already been completed as part of phase three – Riesa to Dresden-Neustadt – including various rail-line improvements, extensions and associated work.

The remaining measures to undertake as part of the third phase are:

  • Construction of the Weißig-Böhla connecting curve;
  • Construction on the line from Coswig to Dresden-Neustadt station, stage one Radebeul West to Radebeul East;
  • Further modernising of Dresden-Neustadt station.

Work on the connecting curve will include the construction of a two-platform station, including ramps and footbridges, plus the necessary drainage. Overhead cables will have to be erected or strengthened. In addition, several gas, water and sewer pipes will be replaced, as will various power and communication lines. A number of bridges will be built or strengthened along the route.

In the Radebeul West-Radebeul East section, old installations will be re-built, the track will be overhauled and the embankment extended. The scheme at Dresden-Neustadt station will include work on platforms 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8, track renovation and restoration of the station hall ceiling beams’ load-bearing capacity.

This third stage of construction should provide jobs for 82 people during implementation, and a further 82 jobs should be created during exploitation.

Total and EU funding

The project “VDE 9, ABS Leipzig-Dresden, Participation in the 3rd stage of construction” has a total eligible budget of EUR 87 480 000, with the European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 50 000 000 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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