Rail works to make train transport more attractive
A major rail investment scheme in Dresden, Saxony, will enable faster and safer journeys, and benefit the local economy.
This initiative involves the construction of two 2.5-km long main rail lines, as well as a new fast-track line, at the Knappenrode station. The railway line from Knappenrode to the German-Polish border is part of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T) and links the deep-sea ports of Bremen, Hamburg and Rotterdam to southern Poland.
The project also includes the construction of a converter station in Lohsa, so as to provide electrification to the entire line. New electricity works will enable the connection to the national grid, with a three standard converters with an output of 18.75 MVA being built, as well as switchgear and a 110 kV switchyard. Electrification of the line means that trains will no longer have to change locomotives at Knappenrode station.
As a result of these installations, the current overhead line system will be replaced. Furthermore, the telecommunication, signalling, and electrical power systems will require adjustments.
Time and safety benefits
These measures combined will enable trains to travel on this line at the designated speed of 120 km/h. The scheme should thus result in time savings for passengers of 12 000 hours per year, as well as monetary savings of EUR 100 000. It is also estimated that EUR 6 430 000 will be spared from a reduced rate of accidents caused by the shift from road to rail transport. Moreover, 96 jobs are expected to be created during the implementation phase of the project.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “Extension and electrification of parts of the railway connection Knappenrode – Horka – border D/PL (BA 1, BA 5)” is EUR 66 334 146, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 24 700 000 from the Operational Programme “Transport infrastructure of the Federal Republic of Germany” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis “Federal railway routes”.