German Unity Transport Project 8

 Nuremberg – Erfurt – Halle/Leipzig – Berlin

The upgraded line from Leipzig/Halle to Berlin

The upgraded line went into service in May 2006 with the latest interlocking technology (new European standard) and the opening of Berlin central station (Berlin Hauptbahnhof-Lehrter Bahnhof). 

(Graphic: DB AG)

The line is designed for a maximum speed of 200 km/h. The journey time from Berlin to Halle or Leipzig has thus been reduced to about an hour. Before work started, the journey time was 2 hours, 20 minutes.

The upgraded line between Leipzig and Bitterfeld (Photo: DB AG)

Facts and figures

Line length: 187 km
Line speed: 200 km/h
(total length 885 m)
New construction/upgrading of stations: 29 
Removal of railway bridges: 51

Refurbishment of Bitterfeld station

Bitterfeld station is at the intersection of the lines from Berlin to Halle and from Dessau to Leipzig. The station (tracks, points, platforms, access to the platforms) has been rebuilt. The platforms have been brought up to IC standard (for a speed of 200 km/h). At the northern end of the station, an underpass with a length of 600 metres was built for the Halle-Berlin track so that trains can come into and leave the station in both directions at the same time. The tracks of Bitterfeld station are crossed by three new road bridges. The station can be passed by through trains from Halle, Leipzig and Berlin in any direction at a speed of 200 km/h.

Refurbishment of Wittenberg station

The work was started in the spring of 1996. The station was adapted for the new route and speeds of up to 160 km/h. The platforms and platform roofs were completely rebuilt. The platform facilities, a new signage system and passenger lifts were completed at all three platforms in 1998. The new platforms at Wittenberg station can be accessed via a pedestrian tunnel with a length of 42 metres. A new electronic signal box replaced the old interlocking systems. An attractive new bus station was built as well.

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