Deutsche Bahn’s (DB) CEO, Richard Lutz, has announced that he is working closely with Germany’s Federal Transport Minister to flesh out a concept that will improve Germany’s rail infrastructure by removing network bottlenecks.
He highlighted that this is a priority for his organisation, and necessary due to the rapidly increasing demand for both passenger and freight rail and also because the network’s already heavily used and prone to disruption.
“Never before have there been so many trains on the German network as there are these days. However, the route network on which this increasing demand is handled has not grown with it.
“At the same time, the infrastructure continues to deteriorate because many systems are outdated and prone to failure.
“The federal government and the railways changed course a few years ago. But a modernisation program involves an unprecedented number of construction sites and the current operational situation shows that we have a dilemma that can hardly be resolved in the short-term.
“Growing and modernising at the same time is no longer possible with good operational quality and punctuality on too many days and in too many corridors.”
Speaking at a press conference this week, Lutz said that to make Germany’s rail network fit for growth and a modal shift the focus should be overhauling the most heavily used sections.
He spoke of 3,500 kilometres of track in particular, where the average capacity use is at 125%, rising to more than 150% when construction work is underway.
Lutz believes that the answer lies with bundling together the next few years’ construction projects. Although this will involve longer track closures, he said these would be partnered with improved pre-planning with greater reliability and longer lead times for everyone involved.
After this is complete, he said there should then be time for expanding the network to improve capacity.
“We must and will tackle this together – the federal government, the railways and the entire industry.”
Siemens AG will lead a consortium to facilitate advances in operating automated regional trains with artificial intelligence (AI).
The public is able to view Siemens Mobility’s Mireo Plus B battery train for the first time at InnoTrans 2022.
Siemens Mobility presented its Mireo Plus H hydrogen train for the Berlin-Brandenburg region at InnoTrans 2022 today.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has announced that it will invest over 19 billion EUR in new passenger and fleet locomotives and trains by 2030.
Stadler and NAH.SH have unveiled the first FLIRT Akku battery-electric series-produced vehicle at InnoTrans 2022.
Škoda and RNV unveiled the new 1m-gauge tram-train for the cities of Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen am Rhein at InnoTrans 2022 today.
Alstom has proven the capability of the Coradia iLint train to provide long-distance travel with its recording-breaking 1175km journey.
Deutsche Bahn and Siemens have entered the first Digital S-Bahn automatic train into passenger service in Hamburg, Germany.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has unveiled the first car of its new ICE L (low floor), which has stepless access, improving accessibility.
CAF has been selected to supply 42 TW 4000 LRVs for ÜSTRA, the public transport operator in the city of Hannover, Germany.
DB Cargo has showcased how it’s already capable of transporting large quantities of hydrogen by freight rail.
14 Coradia iLint regional trains are now in passenger operation on the world’s first full hydrogen-operated route in Lower Saxony, Germany.
Hallesche Verkehrs-AG (HAVAG) has contracted Stadler to supply 56 TINA trams for use in the city on the Saale from 2025.
Deutsche Bahn is adding almost 1,000 new employees to its service team for long-distance services in response to poor punctuality.
Deutsche Bahn Deutsche Bahn has announced a return to profitable business for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
DB and the Federal Police have opened a security laboratory at Berlin Südkreuz station where they will test new safety tech and services.
ÖBB Rail Cargo Group has launched a new direct connection between Melnik in the Czech Republic and Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has christened its 100th ICE 4 as part of the company's 10bn EUR investment in expanding its long-distance fleet.
Knorr-Bremse is looking to increase freight rail efficiency and flexibility by trialling an automated break testing system.
Deutsche Bahn has announced a change of course, saying it will stop selling station buildings and focus on developing them instead.
ÖBB and Deutsche Bahn (DB) have presented a modernised couchette car for ÖBB's Nightjet service in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) will become the first intermodal partner of the Star Alliance, the world's largest global airline alliance.
A special ceremony has been held for the signing of the transport contract for the Elbe-Spree network in Brandenburg an der Havel.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has announced it will build a new ICE maintenance workshop in Dortmund and plans to begin operations as soon as 2027.
Stadler is developing a modular, scalable battery system with the German Aerospace Centre and DLR Institutes for Vehicle Concepts & Networks
Berlin S-Bahn has switched its S46 line (Königs Wusterhausen – Westend) to its new class 483/484 vehicles ahead of schedule.
Siemens Mobility has received its first order for a fleet of hydrogen-powered trains from Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB).
NWL has extended its contract with CAF for an additional 10 battery-powered trains for the North Rhine-Westphalia region in Germany.
Knorr-Bremse has been contracted to supply the braking and entrance systems for 43 Deutsche Bahn ICE 3neo trainsets from Siemens Mobility.
Stadler has been awarded a contract to deliver 28 TINA trams to Rostocker Straßenbahnen AG (RSAG) in Rostock, Germany.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) and the German federal government have shared their new high-performance network plans.
Swiss rail operator SBB has ordered seven additional Stadler Giruno high-speed trains for cross-border services into Germany from 2026.
Alstom’s German autonomous rail pilot project has now entered its second phase with testing on two regional trains.
Modernisation of signalling and interlocking technology on DB's Ruhr-Sieg line has been completed in just 18 months.
Hitachi Energy has received an order from Deutsche Bahn (DB) for a 120 MW converter station south of Berlin
CAF has been chosen to supply SWBV and SSB 22 light rail vehicles (LRV), along with all relevant spare parts.
DB has begun construction of its new Cottbus railway depot in Lausitz, which will support the region's move towards more sustainable jobs.
Alstom has signed a contract to supply 130 Coradia Stream High Capacity electric double-decker trains to SFBW in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Siemens Mobility have unveiled elements of their newly developed complete hydrogen system for rail.
Stadtwerke München and Munich Transport Company have taken delivery of the first of 22 type C2 metro trains of the third delivery series.
Deutsche Bahn has published its Noise Protection Balance Sheet for 2021, which highlights the advancements made in noise abatement.
The Bundeskartellamt has accused Deutsche Bahn of an abuse of power that could hinder the growth of mobility platforms.
Siemens Mobility has announced plans to move its Berlin development and production site to a new 26,420 square metre facility in Aldershof.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has been able to reduce its residual expenditure on expansion projects by half a billion euros.
The DZSF has commissioned a project to determine the need for adjustment to regulations governing condition-based maintenance.
Vodafone has signed an agreement with Deutsche Bahn to close any remaining gaps in the operator's network on rail routes across Germany.
DB Regio has ordered 29 Coradia Stream high-capacity units from Alstom for use on the Frankfurt–Fulda–Bebra and Frankfurt–Wächtersbach lines.
DB expects a positive operating result in the current financial year, with sales predicted to hit over 48 billion euros (53bn USD) in 2022
Stadler has received an order for 19 Citylink fully electric tram-trains from the Chemnitz transport authority.
Bayerische Regiobahn has signed a leasing contract for a Siemens Mobility two-car hydrogen-powered trainset.
DB's new freight car, the 'm2' ('m-squared'), has successfully completed all approval procedures, making it ready for series production.
Deutsche Bahn has announced it will be constructing overhead line 'islands' in Germany to allow battery trains to operate in the country.
DB Regio has unveiled one of the first Desiro railcars it’s redesigned for the Verkehrsverbund Oberelbe (VVO) transport association.
Ronald Pofalla, Deutsche Bahn's director of infrastructure, has announced his resignation from the company at the end of April.
Stadler has signed a contract with Regionalverkehre Start Deutschland (start) to deliver 20 FLIRT trains for use on the Maas-Wupper network.
Stadler has received an order for 14 FLIRT Akku trains from DB Regio. This is its third contract for battery-operated vehicles in Germany.
Two S-Bahn trains have collided near the Ebenhausen-Schäftlarn S-Bahn station in the south of Munich, Germany.
The EC has opened an investigation into whether certain German support measures in favour of DB Cargo are in line with EU state aid rules.
Hitachi Rail has successfully adapted its digital interlocking product to meet German specifications and standards.
A research contract has been agreed to introduce hydrogen-powered trains on the Heidekrautbahn in the states of Berlin and Brandenburg.
Deutsche Bahn has ordered an additional 43 ICE 3neo trains from Siemens Mobility, adding to the previous order of 30 units.
Deutsche Bahn will begin testing Alstom’s battery electric multiple unit (BEMU) on DB Regio passenger services from next week.
A transitional timetable for lines previously operated by Abellio ensures regional rail passenger services continue to function reliably.
Rail freight revolution: A train equipped with digital automatic couplers had departed on a practical test journey in Germany.
Stadler has won a contract worth up to €4bn to supply a consortium of six transport companies with up to 504 CITYLINK tram-train vehicles.
An (MoU)has been signed between DB and five federal states to improve rail infrastructure and expand services across northern Germany.
DB Regio has ordered 17 Coradia Stream electric multiple units for the Main-Weser subnetwork between Frankfurt, Giessen, Marburg and Kassel.
Over 1,000 stations across Germany were renovated last year as part of Deutsche Bahn’s modernisation programme.
Stadler enters the Guinness Book of Records for the longest range travelled by a train in battery-only mode.
VGF has awarded the contract for Frankfurt's metro and tram network digital train control system to Siemens Mobility.
Following ongoing financial problems, NS-subsidiary Abellio will cease operating in Germany, with concessions awarded to other operators.
Go-Ahead has launched its first services in the German state of Bavaria, following the launch of services in Baden-Württemberg in 2019.
Germany has been referred to the EU Court of Justice regarding non-compliance with safety and interoperability requirements.
A second track on Homburger Damm north of Frankfurt’s city centre has been put into operation by Deutsche Bahn.
A new DB Cargo subsidiary, DB Cargo Transasia, has been established in Shanghai due to the popularity of the New Silk Road rail route.
Deutsche Bahn is applying new requirements for passengers to carry proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
NEB has ordered 31 two-car, battery-operated Mireo Plus B trains from Siemens Mobility for the new East Brandenburg rail network.
Following severe flooding in Germany in July, Deutsche Bahn has reopened part of the Ahr Valley Railway to passenger traffic again today.
Deutsche Bahn says it is getting into industrial 3D printing in order to make the maintenance of its trains faster and easier.
Germany is lagging behind the rest of Europe when it comes to rail network electrification says Allianz pro Schiene.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is training dogs to detect protected species in order to speed up construction projects.
Siemens Mobility is celebrating a milestone - the 1000th Vectron locomotive has left its site in Munich, Germany, destined for Denmark.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) is launching four new everyworks co-working facilities in main stations across Germany.
The world’s first self-operating train, the digital S-Bahn, has made its first run at the opening of ITS in Hamburg.
Trans Regio Deutsche Regionalbahn (Trans Regio) has signed a long-term lease with Alpha Trains for 23 EMU trains.
A joint German-Dutch project to trial the control and remote monitoring of automated freight trains has begun this month.
Deutsche Post DHL and Deutsche Bahn are expanding their partnership with new connections that will allow more parcels to travel via rail.
Siemens Mobility has received an order to build 23 four-car Mireo trainsets for rail operator agilis Eisenbahngesellschaft.
Alstom and S-Bahn Hamburg have signed a contract for the delivery of an additional 64 Class 490 S-Bahn trains.
Alstom has conducted a technical demonstration journey of its latest battery-powered train in Saxony, Germany.
A consortium led by Siemens Mobility and ViP Verkehrsbetrieb Potsdam has demonstrated its Autonomous Tram in Depot research project.
Siemens Mobility has converted Alpha Trains’ Ostdeutsche Eisenbahn GmbH- (ODEG) leased train units from three- to four-car trainsets.
NordWestBahn has modernised the first of its trains ahead of the start of its new regional S-Bahn transport contract
Deutsche Bahn continues to ramp up its green power supply by completing its first cross-border, long-term green electricity contract.
Deutsche Bahn’s new railway works in Cottbus is now set to begin servicing ICE trains in 2024 – two years earlier than originally planned.
Deutsche Bahn has taken stock after the 2021 floods, saying the damage is of historic proportions and might take years to fix in full.
Siemens Mobility have signed an MoU with the State of Bavaria to begin testing its hydrogen-powered train from mid-2023.
DB has reported significant damage to rail infrastructure in Germany following the extreme storms in Europe last week.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Google are working together to make it even easier to plan and book rail travel using Google Maps.
Please fill in the contact form opposite. A member of the team will be in touch shortly.