Germany promises faster repair of the Elbe valley corridor

A CD Cargo freight train waiting in Bad Schandau. Photo: Jan Sůra / Zdopravy.czA CD Cargo freight train waiting in Bad Schandau. Photo: Jan Sůra / Zdopravy.cz

Instead of the current 99 freight trains a day, up to 147 freight trains will be able to pass through.

The most critical point for international rail freight transport between the Czech Republic and Germany should be more passable than the German infrastructure manager DB Netze originally planned, Czech transport minister Martin Kupka announced after a meeting with his Saxon counterpart Martin Dulig.

The line in question is between Decin and Bad Schandau, where due to construction work on the German side a major traffic restriction started in June especially for freight carriers. The works were originally supposed to last three years.

“The German side adjusted the timetable for the ongoing construction work. DB Netze will increase capacity significantly in the first half of next year. It will invest EUR 40 million to speed up the work and reschedule. Instead of the current 99 freight trains per day, up to 147 freight trains will be able to pass through,” said Minister Kupka after the meeting.

This change will also significantly help passenger transport and strengthen Solidarity Lanes for easier import of products and raw materials from Ukraine.

The association of railway freight carriers ŽESNAD.cz welcomes the German decision. “Decin is the only usable crossing to Germany. Some carriers have not been allocated routes at all,” said ŽESNAD.cz Executive Director Oldrich Sladek. It is important that the Czech Republic and Germany have at least two corridor-parameter electrified rail crossings, he added.

 

Edited and translated by Lucie Trávníčková.

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