500 Million euros more for train stations and bridges

500 million euros more for train stations and bridges

To this end, unused funds will be reallocated to new construction projects that would otherwise have been used for roads, as federal transport minister peter ramsauer (csu) and railroad boss rudiger grube explained in berlin on friday. In order to be able to use the money quickly, preliminary plans have already been made in some cases.

In view of the great need for modernization in its nearly 34,000-kilometer network, the federally owned group is basically pressing for more money. "Only if we succeed in investing more money in the existing network will we be able to maintain and increase the competitiveness of the rail system," said grube. According to earlier figures, the railroad would need at least 1.2 billion euros more per year.

Grube has brought up the idea of setting up a fund into which profits from the rail network subsidiary and a larger share of the dividend of more than 500 million euros that bahn pays to the federal government each year would flow. Ramsauer and grube did not comment on this on friday. However, the rail boss explained that he wanted to achieve more transparency. This could also counter accusations that the railroad would use profits from the network to buy terminals in china, for example.

Ramsauer also emphasized that the 2.5 billion euros per year currently promised by the federal government are no longer enough to maintain the site. "The demands are so great that we have to increase our funding here."But this would have to be fundamentally reorganized. The existing financing agreement between the federal government and the railroads on network maintenance, which expires at the end of the year, has therefore now been extended for the time being until 2015. The railroad contributes 500 million euros a year from its own funds to the federal government’s budget for maintenance. In addition, there are costs for maintaining the network as well as for new construction and expansion projects.

Of 25,000 railroad bridges, 9,000 are more than 100 years old, according to bahn. 1400 bridges urgently need to be refurbished. At the same time, grube pointed out that the number of defects in the network had been reduced in recent years and that construction work was now planned much more efficiently. "We are measured by the fact that the condition of the network is improving every year."

An agreement was also signed on friday on how to proceed against corruption and in the event of antitrust damage at the expense of deutsche bahn. If the company achieves repayments from lawsuits or settlements, they are to be passed on to the federal government and could then be reinvested in the rail network.