Where Rail Travel will take Longer in 2023
Virtually no federal state is without large railway construction sites. In many places, longer Rail travel times are to be expected. This is just a prediction – the big public revival is yet to come.
Bars, smoothies and bridges that are before the expiration date. The backlog of investments in the German rail network is enormous – but a lot of money is never ready. Train and its customers face another construction marathon with ten major construction sites alone. “We will be building at a similar level to 2022,” said Ashim Staus, spokesman for the railways.
Kassel Fulda Needs to be Completely Renovated
This means that even on peak days up to 1,200 construction sites are still too many small construction sites to even close the Kassel-Fulda route.
Kassel-Fulda is the thickest part: 85 kilometers of the high-speed line, built more than 30 years ago for ice, newly introduced at that time, must be completely renewed. Over 160 kilometers of track and 70 switches have been replaced.
This means more than five months of complete closure on the important north-south axis. All trains are diverted. “Travel time to Hamburg is 60 minutes and 50 minutes to Berlin,” says Stauss. Some passengers won’t even notice,” says Staus. “In the timetable information, journey time changes and connections are incorporated. Those who don’t drive often may not sign up for everything you do, otherwise the path is faster to their destination.”