Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) wants to simplify the electrification of railway lines in Germany. In the evaluation process for such projects, criteria such as climate protection should be given greater weight, said Scheuer of the Augsburger Allgemeine (Saturday). So far, the projects have often failed because they fail the performance audit.
Faster expansion in regional and local transport
“I want to change this evaluation procedure. Because if we continue as before, we will not get the climate-friendly, electrified route planning. I want to ensure that routes in regional and local transport in particular can be implemented faster,” explained Scheuer.
The federal government’s goal is to have 70 percent of the routes under power by 2025. However, in recent years only a few kilometers have been connected to the power grid. Most recently, 61 percent of the rail network in Germany had overhead lines for driving electric locomotives.
However, more than 90 percent of the transport volume is already provided on electrified rail lines. Diesel locomotives mostly run on branch lines. Because combustion engines are supposed to disappear from the rails, there are already tests with alternatives, such as hydrogen trains or hybrid trains (use of overhead lines and batteries).