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Funding allocated to increase capacity on suburban rail lines, Germany [free access]

September 3, 2020

The states of Berlin, Brandenburg, and Deutsche Bahn (DB) have signed an agreement to finance studies for a project to increase the capacity on the 23-km-long Spandau–Nauen section of the Berlin–Hamburg rail corridor, including a proposed extension of the Berlin S-Bahn to Finkenkrug. The preliminary planning process will receive EUR23 million funding, including EUR7·3 million from the European Union’s (EU’s) Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) programme.


The capacity expansion project is part of the Development Concept i2030/ Entwicklungskonzept i2030 plan for the expansion of the suburban rail network by 2030. The studies will include the plans for building extra tracks to enable an increase in regional and long-distance services, including a half-hourly Berlin–Hamburg service, and remodelling to create additional capacity for long-distance services at Spandau station. The studies will also include the feasibility study for moving the S-Bahn underground in Spandau.


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