January 23, 2017

Work begins on Emmerich - Oberhausen upgrade

Written by  Quintus Vosman
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CONSTRUCTION began on a €1.5bn project to upgrade a key rail freight link between the Netherlands and Germany on January 20, when North Rhine Westphalia state transport minister Mr Michael Goschek, Mr Enak Ferlemann, parliamentary state secretary of the German Ministry of Transport, and German Rail (DB) board member for infrastructure Mr Ronald Pofalla officially launched the expansion and modernisation of the 73km Emmerich - Oberhausen line.

The project involves the construction of a third track, modification or renewal of 47 of the line’s 53 bridges, and the elimination of 53 level crossings. The line will be resignalled with shorter block sections to increase capacity and noise mitigation measures will be implemented to reduce the impact of frequent heavy freight trains on communities near the line.

The project is being implemented within the framework of the Dutch-German agreement on the Betuweroute dedicated rail freight corridor between port of Rotterdam and Germany’s Ruhr region.

The German federal government is contributing €750m to the project, with €450m coming from the state of North Rhine Westphalia.

The new-build Dutch section of the Betuweroute opened in 2007, but additional measures have become necessary on the German side of the border to cope with increasing traffic.

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