Works to upgrade Berlin-Dresden railway line to boost passenger and freight traffic

A major modernisation programme seeks to boost activity and traffic along the Berlin – Dresden railway line by increasing speed and enhancing safety, thus making the line a more attractive and popular route.

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This initiative is part of a broader scheme involving the entire line. In this specific project, works on the line are divided into seven sections, the first six being in Brandenburg: the renovation of both the Rangsdorf and the Zossen rail stations, and along the line, with four sections from Neuhof to Elsterwalda, the seventh being in Saxony. In all, 4.4 km of track will be upgraded, including a new Railroad Overpass being constructed.

Combining speed, safety, environmental protection and job creation

Passenger trains are to increase their speed to 160 km/h, with a view to reaching up to 200 km/h in the future, while an ETCS (European Train Control System) will be established.

Travel time from the main train station in Berlin to Dresden is expected to be shortened to 106 minutes, which implies a time gain of 21 minutes. This route is crucial for rail freight and passengers as the Berlin – Dresden railway line is part of the trans-European transport network - the so-called TEN-T programme.

Ensuring a faster and safer line, these improvements will attract more passenger and freight traffic, thus decreasing road traffic. Up to 41 800 tonnes of CO2 could be saved by this traffic transfer. What is more, 96 jobs are expected to be created during the implementation of the project.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Railway Berlin-Dresden, continuation of construction of the phase 1" is EUR 73 496 637, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 29 600 000 from the Operational Programme “Transport infrastructure of the Federal Republic of Germany” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under priority axis “Federal railway routes”.

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