Deutsche Bahn, the main railway operator in Germany, plans to expand the number of its high-speed lines. In addition, on some routes, trains will move at a higher maximum speed.
So, the line between Hamburg and Hanover will be expanded. The same goes for the lines between Frankfurt and Mannheim, Stuttgart and Ulm.
Deutsche Bahn board member Ronald Pofalla said in an interview with the Funke media group that the campaign's goal is to expand high-speed lines by 50 percent from the current 1,000 kilometers to 1,500 kilometers. Pofall said it would take, according to estimates, at least ten to twelve years, since infrastructure projects are always accompanied by protests and negotiations.
Currently, on high-speed lines of Deutsche Bahn, trains can move at a speed of no more than 250 kilometers per hour. With the commissioning of new trains in August, speeds of up to 265 kilometers per hour will be reached for the first time. This should ensure greater punctuality on the Cologne-Rhine /Main, Göttingen-Hanover and Munich-Berlin routes in particular.