GERMAN infrastructure manager DB InfraGo has completed a comprehensive renewal programme on the 327km Hannover - Würzburg high-speed line, including track renewals and repairs to bridges and tunnels.

The final stage of the programme took place between Kassel and Fulda from May 26 to June 7. Work on the Hannover - Würzburg high-speed line began in 2019 and saw sections of the line completely closed to traffic to maximise possession time.

In total, 557km of track has been renewed, involving the installation of 700,000 new sleepers and work on 235 sets of points. Structural repairs were made to 49 bridges and 63 tunnels, while subsoil stabilisation work was required in the Rauheberg Tunnel between Göttingen and Kassel.

DB InfraGo’s next major renewals programme starts on July 15, when the Riedbahn between Frankfurt and Mannheim will close for five months under DB’s new strategy of concentrating work on track, signalling and stations in extended line closures in order to create its high-performance network.

“For the common good, we have invested €850m here in five years and taken a big step towards a strong rail system in Germany,” says DB InfraGo CEO, Dr Philipp Nagl.

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