Upgrade means key Germany waterway route can cope with bigger vessels

Plans to modernise sections of the Magdeburg to Berlin waterway in Germany look set to make transporting goods through the country’s canal network a more attractive, safe and efficient option.

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A total of around 12 km of waterway is being re-built through this particular investment at five specific locations along the route. Work includes major recessing and enlargement measures to enable larger vessels to use the Elbe-Havel channel. The modernisation also aims to enhance traffic safety on this particular section of the waterway. The project generates 276 jobs during the implementation phase.

This is a stand-alone project, but does form part of a wider scheme taking place in the regions of Berlin, Brandenburg and Sachsen-Anhalt for the upgrading of waterways which were planned and constructed in the 1930s.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Expansion of individual sections of the waterway connecting Magdeburg - Berlin (VDE 17) , Module 2” is EUR 54 000 000, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 35 100 000 from the Operational Programme “Transport” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Waterways”.

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