Rail customers throughout Germany must be patient: Deutsche Bahn plans to close 43 routes by 2030 for renovation work. A list shows which routes will be closed to train traffic and when.
Deutsche Bahn closes 43 routes
A large part of the German rail network will be renovated in the coming years. Deutsche Bahn did not want to make public which routes will be affected by 2030. Now they are advanced plans but already leaked. According to this, a total of 43 routes are to be completely closed at times by the end of the decade. They come to a length of 4,200 kilometers.
On average, they should Blocking lasts around five months. Deutsche Bahn has decided on full closures in order to be able to carry out the work more quickly. For passengers, this means cancellations, detours and rail replacement services – but also faster completion.
The Planning for 2024 and 2025 are already fixed. In the second half of 2024, Deutsche Bahn plans to completely overhaul the Mannheim-Frankfurt/Main route. The Hamburg-Berlin and Emmerich-Oberhausen routes follow the following year.
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The Cologne-Hagen ICE route will be renewed from 2026, as well as the Hamburg-Hanover and Troisdorf-Wiesbaden routes. Construction work is also pending in the Nuremberg and Passau area. In 2027 the high-speed route between Berlin and Hanover will be tackled. Measures are to be expected from Hamm via Düsseldorf/Dortmund to Cologne as well as between Munich and Salzburg (Austria).
2028 is the route between Hamburg and Bremen and Lübeck affected. The Uelzen-Stendal-Magdeburg section will also be rebuilt. On the left bank of the Rhine between Hürth and Mainz, passengers have to switch.
In 2029 and 2030 work is pending on the Cologne-Aachen, Fulda-Hanau, Recklinghausen-Münster-Bremen, Ulm-Augsburg, Mannheim-Karlsruhe and Saarbrücken-Ludwigshafen routes (source: daily mirror).