The investment is part of a five-year plan to spend a record €28bn modernising the rail network between 2015 and 2019, following the approval of a performance and financing agreement (LuFV II) between DB and the federal government.

This year, DB plans to renew or renovate 3200km of track, 2000 points, 2.9 million sleepers, about 4 million tonnes of ballast and 150 bridges.

DB already bundles the largest amount of work into line sections to minimise disruption to services. Last year, DB carried out 500 individual measures on 80 sections, and this year it plans to concentrate the work even more by carrying out 850 measures on 76 sections.

Major works planned for 2016 which will entail partial or complete closure of lines for limited periods include:

  • Hamburg – Hannover – Göttingen: point and track renewal
  • Münster – Bremen: resignalling
  • Frankfurt – Mannheim – Karlsruhe – Stuttgart: track renewal and platform modifications, and installation of a new electronic interlocking south of Mannheim
  • Erfurt – Nuremberg: a 34-week closure between Hallstadt and Bad Staffelstein is needed for the commissioning of the Erfurt – Nuremberg high-speed line
  • Munich – Salzburg/Kufstein: track renewal
  • Cologne – Hagen: track renewal, and
  • Ulm – Augsburg: track and bridge renewal.