German Unity Transport Project 8

 Nuremberg – Erfurt – Halle/Leipzig – Berlin

The Erfurt rail junction

(Video: DB AG)
(Graphic: DB AG)

Facts and figures

Line length: 5 km
Maximum speed: 100 to 160 km/h
New construction/ refurbishment of civil engineering structures: 8
New construction/refurbishment of stations: 1
Removal of railway bridges: none

Its location in the heart of central Europe makes the Erfurt rail junction an important part of both the European infrastructure master plan and the European high-speed network. The VDE 8 high-speed rail line serves both passenger and freight traffic. As the easternmost north-south axis in Germany, it is integrated in the future trans-European transport network (TEN Project No. 1 from Palermo to Berlin, which continues northwards as far as Sweden).

(Graphic: DB AG)

Erfurt is an important rail hub domestically as well as internationally. The work on the Erfurt rail junction will link up the new sections of the VDE 8 (German Unity Transport Projects) line that runs from Nuremberg via Erfurt to Leipzig, Halle and Berlin. The lines from Frankfurt/Main and the Ruhr and from Dresden and Gera/Chemnitz also run through Erfurt. In addition, there are numerous regional connections.

(Photo: DB AG)
(Photo: DB AG)

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