German Unity Transport Project 8

 Nuremberg – Erfurt – Halle/Leipzig – Berlin

VDE 8.1 Upgraded Line Nuremberg – Ebensfeld

Deutsche Bahn's planned high-speed line to permit current and future flows of passenger and freight traffic to be handled while minimising the impact on the environment, part of the eastern north-south axis runs through Germany. In the south it is linked up by 170 kilometres of upgraded and new lines between Nuremberg, Ingolstadt and Munich.

VDE 8.1 Upgraded Line Nuremberg – Ebensfeld map
(Graphic: DB AG)

Upgraded Line Nuremberg – Ebensfeld map

Facts and figures

Line length: 82 km
Design speed: 160 km/h / 230 km/h
Tunnels: 2
(total length 7.3 km)
Viaducts: 2
(total length 0.4 km)
Information centres: 1

In the plans for a trans-European transport network (TEN), the rail link that runs from northern Italy through Austria to Munich and continues via upgraded and new lines in Germany to Berlin, finally ending up in Scandinavia, is referred to as Project No. 1. On completion of the work, the journey time between Munich and Berlin will be around 4 hours. That is half the time it took in 1992 before work started. A total of 13 billion euros is being invested in the upgrading of the Munich-Berlin corridor. The German Unity Transport Projects (Verkehrsprojekte Deutsche Einheit - VDE) were introduced by the German federal government in 1991 following German reunification. The project is being implemented by DB ProjektBau GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG.

Aerial view
Aerial view (Photo: DB AG)

The Nuremberg-Fuerth line is one of the busiest lines in Bavaria because it is used by the majority of local and long-distance traffic from the west (Würzburg) and north (Bamberg). Two new tracks will be added to the 8 kilometre section between Nuremberg and Fuerth by the end of 2010. Further sections from Fuerth to Ebensfeld will be upgraded successively, depending on planning and approval and finance for the project.

Construction work began on August 10th, 2006 with a groundbreaking ceremony at the railway bridge over Rothenburger Straße. Planning permission was obtained under public law in a procedure that involved all those affected, culminating in a planning approval decision taken by the German Federal Railway Authority (EBA) for the following sections: Nuremberg's central station, Nuremberg to Fürth and Fuerther Bogen (Fürth loop).

Between Nuremberg and Fürth, the railway embankment is being widened to the south of the existing line with two additional tracks over a length of about 2 kilometres. The planned completion date for this section was mid-2008. It will relieve the bottleneck at Fürth and permit speeds of up to 160 kilometres an hour. Deutsche Bahn is building or upgrading a total of 22.3 kilometres of track for this section. At the same time, the overhead line equipment for electric trains and the signalling equipment is being improved and augmented.

The Rothenburger Straße and Schwabacher Straße railway bridges are being upgraded and extended, and the Jansenbrücke and Leiblsteg road bridges are being altered. Numerous other measures will be carried out before opening in 2010, including extensive work both above and below ground. Work is being done at the Rothenburger Straße station to prepare it for S-Bahn (rapid transit) traffic. Nuremberg-Steinbühl station and Fürth's central station are each getting a new platform. Work is being done on the infrastructure at the western end of Nuremberg's central station and eastern end of Fürth's freight station.

The work is being carried out without interrupting the rail service. Consequently, night-time periods when traffic volumes are low are being used for the work. Some noise pollution is unavoidable.

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