by Josephine Cordero Sapién
05 Mar 2021
Deutsche Bahn, the federal government and the individual state governments will invest a total of 12.7 billion euros in Germany’s rail network in 2021.
This is the highest sum, in absolute terms, ever invested in modernising and maintaining as well as building and expanding the rail network and in stations within a calendar year. In 2021, Deutsche Bahn will work on 1,900km of track, more than 2,000 points, around 140 bridges and roughly 670 stations. The programme of works will run under the heading ‘New Network for Germany’ and aims to prepare the country’s rail network for the Deutschlandtakt – a highly co-ordinated, nationwide timetable. The New Network for Germany will have four pillars:
Deutsche Bahn will expand its total number of employees by 2,000 new engineers and site supervisors and 1,700 maintenance workers in 2021. The company is planning to increase its workforce for managing stations by roughly 20 percent.
Deutsche Bahn wants to implement major projects up to 25 percent more quickly as well as more efficiently in the future. To do that, it wants to make increased use of digital tools such as Building Information Modelling (BIM). Factors such as early consultations with the public and the Planning Acceleration Law will also be important catalysts for this aim.
High-speed routes, such as the Hanover-Würzburg line, will be equipped with around 1,300 smart sensors on its points. These sensors will allow Deutsche Bahn to perform predictive maintenance, i.e. before faults occur. In 2020 Deutsche Bahn managed to avoid almost 5,000 faults at points thanks to this smart technology.
To further digitalise the railway in Germany, first sections of the Rhine-Alpine rail freight corridor will be equipped with the European Train Control System and digital interlocking in Bavaria. In October Hamburg will see some first vehicles run in a highly automated fashion on a digitalised section of the city’s S-Bahn network.
“We're building a new network for Germany and are laying the foundations for the Deutschlandtakt. The railway is a core component of the climate transition. That's why we're investing as much as never before and we're increasing the speed of renovations and the capacity of the network.”
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
Deutsche Bahn’s CEO has announced a concept that will improve Germany’s rail infrastructure by removing network bottlenecks.
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.
Deutsche Bahn has launched a feasibility study into the digitalisation options for the busy Cologne rail hub.
Alstom’s Régiolis Crossborder, a hybrid unit, has arrived at Výzkumný Ústav Železniční's test circuit in the Czech Republic.
DB and partners have developed new fibre-optic cables that can be laid directly in the ground without the need for cable troughs.
Alstom and local transport authority MVB have signed a contract for the delivery of Flexity trams and their accompanying spare part supply.
Siemens Mobility and Paribus have signed a framework purchase agreement and full service contract for up to 30 Vectron Dual Mode locomotives.
Germany: A new tunnel and station for long-distance services at Frankfurt has been given the green light by a feasibility study.
CAF has been selected as the preferred bidder for new battery-electric rolling stock for the Niederrhein-Münsterland network in Germany.
This month Transdev and Snälltåget will launch the first trans-European night train linking three capitals: Stockholm, Copenhagen and Berlin.
Alstom has signed a contract with DB Regio AG to equip BR 423 and BR 430 trains with ETCS Levels 2 and and ATO GoA2 technology.
Deutsche Bahn and Deutsche Telekom plan to offer full mobile coverage across all of Germany’s long distance and regional rail routes.
Stadler, who is manufacturing the new metro cars for Berlin's U-Bahn, has partnered with PMC for new lightweight seats.
The CAF Group has secured two new contracts in Germany, further attesting to its commitment to the country.
Deutsche Bahn has brought forward its deadline for achieving climate-neutrality by ten years, with 2040 as the new target date.
Electronic interlocking has now been fully commissioned in Duisburg after the second expansion stage was completed at the end of May.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has celebrated 30 years of ICE traffic in Germany with the christening of the first XXL ICE.
Germany launches its first digital marshalling yard in Munich. DB Cargo is testing numerous technologies to automate marshalling activities.
Alstom and SWEG have signed a framework agreement that will see Alstom provide and maintain locomotives from its rental pool for eight years.
Siemens Mobility and HI ERN have signed an MoU to research use of Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier (LOHC) technology in rail transport.
Alstom has received an order from Hessische Landesbahn GmbH (HLB) to supply 32 Coradia Continental electric multiple units.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Stadler have signed an agreement to develop the first virtual image, or digital twin, of a complete train.
Alstom’s first pre-production Coradia Polyvalent France-Germany cross-border train starts certification and approval tests.
Captrain subsidiary ITL Eisenbahngesellschaft has ordered two Siemens Mobility Vectron dual mode locomotives to be delivered in 2021.
DB Engineering & Consulting has won the tender for constructing part of the line upgrade between Lübeck and Schwerin in Northern Germany.
Deutsche Bahn says that by 2030 half of all residents living close to railway tracks will benefit from efforts to reduce noise pollution.
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