ICE 3 high-speed train in Frankfurt

DB sees potential for tripling European high-speed network, but investments insufficient

An ICE 3 train of DB Deutsche Bahn AG / Stefan Wildhirt

Deutsche Bahn forecasts that an additional 21,000 kilometres of high-speed rail can be built between now and 2050. That is the key finding of a new study presented over the weekend. It would mean tripling the length of the current European high-speed rail network. However, without additional investments the EU will fall short of realising this potential. 

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Author: Nick Augusteijn

Former Chief Editor of

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