In the period up to 2030, 11 billion euros of additional federal funds will be made available to boost rail transport under the Federal Government’s 2030 Climate Change Programme. The measures necessary to achieve this objective are laid down in a joint declaration of intent by the Federal Government and Deutsche Bahn. They will enhance the capacity, quality and attractiveness of the railways and thus help to make transport more climate-compatible.
The total sum of 11 billion euros will be used exclusively for infrastructure measures. One half of the funds is to go towards increasing equity capital of the federal railway infrastructure companies, with the other half being disbursed as financial assistance. This will help to further strengthen the financial stability of the infrastructure and the competitiveness of the sector.
The Federal Minister of Transport, Andreas Scheuer, said:
A promise kept: We are implementing an important measure from our climate change programme in the transport sector. The Federal Government is strengthening the railways with an additional 11 billion euros. Because the railway infrastructure is the foundation for environmentally friendly mobility. With these funds, we will enhance its robustness, performance and its digital connectivity and make railway stations more attractive and more accessible.
The Federal Minister of Finance, Olaf Scholz, said:
We are strengthening climate-friendly mobility in Germany and making the railway infrastructure fit for the future. With additional investment in digital railway technologies, we are making the climate-friendly mobility services even more attractive and safer for everyone. The digital transformation presents great opportunities for the railways and we want to seize them.
Richard Lutz, CEO of Deutsche Bahn, said:
The agreement concluded with the Federal Government further strengthens the railways for the whole of Germany. The 11 billion euros will be invested exclusively in the railway infrastructure - which is great news for the entire railway sector, the passengers, for tackling climate change and for the transformation of the transport system. And it is another clear signal showing that the railways enjoy strong and steadily increasing support from policymakers in Germany. We are very pleased about this and would like to thank the Federal Government most sincerely.
Ronald Pofalla, Member of the DB Management Board responsible for infrastructure:
The money from the agreement will go directly towards improving the railway network and making railway stations more attractive. Our investment drive for a more robust railway network, for more capacity in rail transport is gaining further momentum. Above all, we can push ahead with the digitalization of the network with these funds - which is key to shifting significantly more traffic to the railways.
The funds are to be invested in four areas:
- Robust network (4 billion): Investment in signal boxes, minor and medium-sized works to relieve congested railway infrastructure and to implement the stages of the nationwide integrated regular interval timetable, electrification of network sections for rail freight, infrastructure for alternative drivetrains and investment in combined transport terminals, train formation yards as well as in linking up sidings.
- Digital railways (4 billion): Additional funds for the “starter package” as well as for the overall roll-out of the European signalling and control technology ETCS and digital signal boxes. Investment in digital railway technologies.
- Attractive railway stations (1 billion): The funds will go towards numerous measures to improve the quality of railway stations, as well as to enhance accessibility, fire safety and the condition of station buildings.
- Infrastructure measures financed by the railway undertakings (2 billion): Enlargement of the DB’s commitment to, among other things, increasing quality and capacity as part of the initiative to strengthen the railways.
The funds, which are to be paid out to increase equity capital, are subject to state aid approval by the European Commission. The disbursement of the total funds is subject to the decision of the budget legislator.