During its meeting on 7 November, the Deutsche Bahn Supervisory Board agreed to invest 1 billion euros in the purchase of 30 new high-speed trains.
At the moment there are 137 ICE 4 trains, 23 ECx trains and 17 KISS trains on order for the coming years. The Deutsche Bahn Supervisory Board has now agreed to the purchase of 30 additional trains, most of which are to run on the high-speed lines between Cologne and Frankfurt and between Berlin and Munich.
Deutsche Bahn’s requirement to manufacturers is as follows: starting in December 2022, there should be at least 11,400 extra seats on DB’s long-distance services. Furthermore there are to be eight bicycle spots per train. Deutsche Bahn says this decision is another important step towards implementing its ‘Starke Schiene’ (Strong Rails) programme, i.e. doubling the number of passengers.
A positive side-effect of this new order is the creation of 600 additional jobs. DB-Fernverkehr is also investing 500 million euros into the expansion of its ICE facilities. The site in Frankfurt-Griesheim will undergo significant expansion so that it can accommodate more trains. The plans for the expansion of the Cottbus site are already in hand.
During its 7 November meeting, the Supervisory Board also agreed to a new structure for its management board. The head of Berlin Transport Company (BVG), Germany’s largest local transport company, Dr Sigrid Nikutta will oversee freight traffic starting on 1 January. This is a new role within Deutsche Bahn’s management board. She will also take on the operative leadership role of DB Cargo AG.
“We're looking forward to working with Sigrid Nikutta and will now jointly get to work.”
Dr Nikutta worked for DB Cargo between 2001 and 2010. At the time it was operating as DB Schenker Rail Deutschland AG. One of her responsibilities was overseeing unit train traffic. She was also a member of the management board of DB Schenker Rail Polska.
“There is much to be done in the freight sector, in order to reach the company's ambitious goals. Thanks to the organisational restructuring Ms. Nikutta has the necessary decision-making wiggle room.”
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