\r\nUnder a financing agreement concluded last month, the federal government will contribute \u20ac20bn through the so-called Performance and Financing Agreement 2 (LuFV2) which will come from the federal budget and DB's dividend payments to the federal government.\r\nDB will provide the remaining \u20ac8bn (equivalent to \u20ac1.6bn per year) from its own resources.\r\nLuFV2 therefore provides a 22% increase in funding compared with LuFV1, which covered the period 2009-14.\r\n"The increase in funding is essential to ensure high performance and future-proof our rail infrastructure," Kefer says. "This is the largest modernisation programme in the network's history. Such a large volume of work needs to be well-planned and we have been preparing for this since 2012."\r\nOver the next four years DB plans to replace 17,000km of track and 8700 switches and crossings as part of the \u20ac12bn track programme, while \u20ac3bn is allocated to maintenance works on at least 875 bridges. \u20ac4bn will be spent on signalling and train control and \u20ac1bn is allocated to tunnel refurbishment works.\r\nInfrastructure spending will increase from around \u20ac4.6bn this year to \u20ac5.3bn in 2015 and DB Networks plans to renewal 3800km of track, 2000 switches and crossings, 2.5 million sleepers, and around 4 million tonnes of ballast.\r\nKey projects for 2015 include:\r\n\r\nMajor renewals on the Berlin S-Bahn North-South Line between January and May\r\nTrack renewals on the Hannover \u2013 G\u00f6ttingen high-speed line, with long-distance services diverted via the conventional line during May\r\nTrack renewals on 44km of the Cologne \u2013 Frankfurt high-speed line, requiring four weekend closures between mid-April and mid-May\r\nRenewal of 22km of track on the Cologne \u2013 Aachen line, including the remodelling of Langerwehe station and 35km of renewals between Hennef and Au on the Cologne \u2013 Siegen line\r\nSubstructure renewals on a 10km stretch of the Nuremberg \u2013 Ansbach line between Rosstal and Wicklesgreuth, and\r\n\r\nUpgrading of the Ingolstadt \u2013 Munich line for 200km\/h operation.