Today, the Federal Cabinet adopted the 2030 Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan (FTIP) that was presented by Federal Minister Alexander Dobrindt as well as the upgrading acts for the federal railway, federal trunk roads and federal waterways infrastructure. The new FTIP comprises about 1,000 projects with an overall volume of 269.6 billion euros. 112.3 billion euros are to be spent on the Federal railway infrastructure, 132.8 million euros on the federal trunk roads and 24.5 billion euros on the federal waterways.
Mr Dobrindt said:
The new Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan is the strongest infrastructure programme of all times. It has a volume of 269.6 billion euros and serves to modernize our infrastructure as well as step up mobility in Germany. With the record funding from my investment ramp-up, the 2030 FTIP has a clear financial prospect.
The new 2030 FTIP contains about 1,000 projects. 49.3 % of the funds are allocated to the roads, 41.6 % to the railways and 9.1 % to the waterways. Under the national concept of priorities, the most needed upgrading and new building projects are marked as first priority (VB) projects with projects aiming to eliminate bottlenecks labelled as VB-E.
The 2030 FTIP features five essential key elements:
A clear financial prospect
Investment funds and projects are synchronized in order to be able to implement first priority projects within the timeframe of the 2030 FTIP.
Structural maintenance to take precedence over new construction and upgrading
About 70 % of all funds flow into infrastructure maintenance (2003 FTIP: 56 %).
Strengthening the main arteries
By strengthening the main arteries and junctions, the capacity of the whole transport system is enhanced: 87 percent of the funds are going to be invested in projects of large-scale importance.
Removal of bottlenecks
Bottlenecks on main arteries are going to be removed in order to optimize traffic flows in the overall network. About 2,000 km of bottlenecks on motorways and about 800 km of bottlenecks on railway lines are going to be removed.
Broad public consultation
For the first time, the public was able to have a say in the establishment of the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan (FTIP) – from the basic approach to project proposals and the six-week public consultation period. The comments are summed up in the report on the public consultation.
The Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan is accompanied by upgrading acts for the railways, roads and waterways. These three acts form the basis for the funding and implementation of the transport projects contained in the FTIP.