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Stuttgart 21 project cost and timeline escalate, Germany [free access]

December 1, 2017

The cost of Stuttgart 21 rail project has increased to EUR7.6 billion (excluding contingency cost) and completion has been delayed by three years to 2024. The project faces increase in construction costs, delay in planning and restrictive specifications in procurements.


The Stuttgart-21 high-speed rail (HSR) line was officially announced in April 1994 and construction started on February 2, 2010. The project is financed by Deutsche Bahn (DB) AG, federal government, European Union, the state of Baden-Württemberg, the state of Stuttgart, the Stuttgart Airport and the Verband Region Stuttgart.


Stuttgart 21 is a part of Stuttgart-Ulm project. The project scope of work includes restructuring the Stuttgart rail node (also known as Stuttgart 21 or S21), which spans 57 km (including 33 km of tunnels and cuttings) and covers four stations, as well as construction of the Wendlingen-Ulm Line, which will span 59.6 km (including 30.4 km of tunnels and cuttings) and cover three new stations (Stuttgart Main, Flughafen/Messe for airport and trade fair grounds as well as Mittnachtstraße rapid transit station in the new Rosenstein district). The trains will operate at a speed of 250 km/hr.


Stuttgart 21 was estimated to cost EUR2.6 billion when it was launched in 1995; but the costs climbed to EUR4.5 billion in 2009 and EUR6.5 billion in 2012. The federal government will consult the Supervisory Board of DB to decide on the next steps.


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