DB details rail infrastructure improvements for northern Germany
Deutsche Bahn (DB) announced details of the work to be carried out under the banner of the Future Northern Rail Alliance on Monday, which includes an overhaul of Hanover main train station and improvements to the network in the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein.
Midway between Amsterdam and Berlin on the east-west axis and between Hamburg and Frankfurt on the north-south axis, Hanover is a vital hub for Germany’s long-distance trains. All six of the station’s platforms will be renewed over the coming decade, a project that will be carried out in two phases. The work includes the construction of two track bridges and one platform bridge, as well as the installation of six new elevators and 12 escalators.
Hanover’s central train station handles 750 trains per day on average, meaning some 260,000 passengers use the platforms on a daily basis. Work will have to be carried out during ongoing train services.
Schleswig-Holstein picks up the pace
Further north in Schleswig-Holstein, improvements will be make to the regional network to enable trains to travel at 160 kilometres per hour instead of 125 kilometres per hour from the spring of 2025 onwards. For that to happen, DB Engineering & Consulting will be upgrading the signalling system, the electrical equipment and the overheadlines.
In January, DB and the five northern federal states signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday for the fast-track expansion of railways and services in the north of Germany.
Some 30 billion euros is to be channeled to the various project through 2030, the participants say. These include additional electrification projects in the State of Schleswig-Holstein, better connections in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and streamlining logistics in and around Hamburg.