Bielefeld railway station, source: Deutsche Bahn AG / Stefan Klink

Germany attracts SMEs for repair works at train stations

167 train stations will be repaired in Germany this year. To this end, Deutsche Bahn plans to attract local small and medium-sized enterprises. This programme is funded by the German government to tackle the consequences of corona crisis and to revive the country’s economy.

Germany has started the Emergency programme for attractive train stations. It is dedicated to the repairment of 167 railway stations in cities, such as Berlin, Hamburg, Hannover, and small towns, such as Bautzen, Wismar, Gauting. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has allocated 40 million euros for this purpose. These funds come from the federal government’s economic stimulus package to strengthen the German economy and tackle the consequences of corona crisis. With the help of the mentioned programme, the German government intends to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Areas of interest

The emergency programme will be carried out by DB Station & Service, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn that is responsible for operating train stations. The local SMEs can perform various repair works. For instance, they are welcome to upgrade interior and exterior of the station buildings by performing the following works: replacement of wall/floor coverings, paint and facades; renewal of stairs, entrances, fences and roofs; removal of graffiti and other damage caused by vandalism. In addition, the entrepreneurs can improve the German train stations by installing LED luminaires, replacing the heating systems, expanding passenger information and accessibility.

“We promote small measures with a big impact at 167 stations across Germany. Painters, scaffolders, electrical installers and other local handicraft businesses can get started right away: for example, with new stair coverings, better accessibility, more comfortable waiting areas, new information systems or more efficient heating and lighting systems. The winners are our medium-sized businesses and rail customers,” said Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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