The package largely focuses on projects on smaller regional routes. The funding has been allocated to Bavaria under the LuFV III government funding agreement, which provides €2.8bn to the federal states.

The projects include:

  • the construction of new stations, including in Lindau, Würzburg, Regensburg and Brunnen
  • accessibility improvements, including in Senden, Marktoberdorf and Seefeld-Hechendorf
  • the integration of reactivated routes into the DB network
  • smaller electrification measures on the routes from Wasserburg to Ebersberg and from Pfronten-Steinach to the German-Austrian border, along with track doubling on the line to Lindau, and
  • route improvements and line speed increases on routes such as the Rottal line (Mühldorf - Passau), the Gäuboden line (Neufahrn - Bogen), the Gräfenberg line (Nuremberg - Gräfenberg), the Aischgrund line (Neustadt ad Aisch - Steinach), the Paartal line (Augsburg - Ingolstadt) and the Oberland network, which runs to Bayrischzell and Lenggries.

“My aim is that we have an attractive offer of public transport all over Bavaria so that more people can use it,” Schreyer says. “For this we need strong infrastructure, especially for rail. That is why I am pleased that German Rail (DB), in coordination with us, will invest a lot of money over the next few years so that stations, tracks and signals throughout the state will become even more efficient. And that also supports our construction industry, especially in Covid-19 times.”

“We are continuing to expand local transport in Bavaria,” Pofalla says. “For all rail passengers, this means better connections between the city and the country, as well as in the metropolitan areas. In this way, we make rail travel more attractive and create the conditions for the urgently needed turnaround in traffic.”

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