German Unity Transport Project 8

 Nuremberg – Erfurt – Halle/Leipzig – Berlin

The Halle hub is of prime importance to the entire region and beyond.

It represents a hub of crucial axes of the German railway network::

  • Dresden – Leipzig – Halle – Magdebur – Hanover/Schwerin
  • Berlin – Halle – Munich/Frankfurt am Main and
  • Cottbus – Falkenberg – Halle – Sangerhausen – Kassel

Halle also marks the start of the Sandersleben Halberstadt line and there is a rapid transit network with a connection to Leipzig.

The project

The upgrade of the Halle hub will provide efficient rail infrastructure which will make the entire region accessible by the trains of the future. The Halle hub extends for about nine kilometres within the town. The new Erfurt – Halle/Leipzig line (VDE [German Unity Transport Project] 8. 2) will enter the hub from the south and the upgraded Halle/Leipzig – Berlin line (VDE 8. 3) from the north. The whole project is intended to further enhance the strategic importance of the hub and of Halle's principal station to the state of Saxony-Anhalt as a transitional point between long-distance and regional traffic.

(Photo: DB AG)

Objective of the project

The objective is to cut journey times by increasing the speed of arriving, departing and non-stop trains. The upgrade will make the Halle hub even more important. Halle will be served by the Munich – Berlin high-speed line by 2017.


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