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Deutsche Bahn presents new Frankfurt-Mannheim high speed rail route

In Germany the plans for the new Frankfurt-Mannheim high speed railway line were recently presented. After four years of discussion Deutsche Bahn believes the now chosen route is the best option to shorten travel distance, protect residents from noise and connect Darmstadt to the passenger network. No dates for start of the construction or building period are given yet. 

The approximately 60 kilometer long route will consist of two tracks and is planned to run parallel to the highways and the tunnel between Lorsch and Mannheim. DB plans to double the train operations on the route between Frankfurt am Main and Mannheim, reduce the journey to 29 minutes rather than 38 and increase space for additional local traffic and freight trains. Additionally, the trains that will reach a top speed of 300 kilometres per hour on the route, will connect Frankfurt airport at Zeppelinheim and Frankfurt city centre.

Essential infrastructure

The region’s economy is particularly dependent on the railway infrastructure being expanded in line with the demand in line with a sustainable transport policy. In a region characterized by technology and science, efficient and modern rail infrastructure is essential. Our streets are full and the rails hardly have any free capacity either,” explains Winfried Hermann, Minister of Transport for Baden-Württemberg.

There will be two new additional tracks on the Frankfurt and Mannheim route, which will not affect the existing railway lines. The first track will be planned between Zeppelinheim and Lorsch, which will run along the A5 and A6 motorways. Furtherly a line will also operate between Lorsch and Mannheim, which is mostly through a tunnel. These plans will combine two infrastructures to avoid landscape and keep structural impairment as low as possible.

Other connections

Darmstadt will also be connected to the new route, and it would take 15 minutes to travel between Frankfurt Airport and Darmstadt. The route plans to close the gap between the high-speed lines of Cologne-Rhine, Main and Mannheim-Stuttgart and Karlsruhe-Base.

“We want to shift the traffic to rail in order to achieve our climate protection goals. For this, Germany needs a strong rail. We are making a significant contribution to this with the new high-speed route between Frankfurt and Mannheim,” says Ronald Pofalla, DB Board Member for Infrastructure.

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Author: Sarah Chebaro

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