On June 8, a ceremony celebrating the breakthrough in the second tube of the Bossler Tunnel, on the Stuttgart-Ulm line took place in Stuttgart.
The project envisages the construction of the 8.8 km-long tunnel which is part of a larger project improving the rail connection between Stuttgart and Ulm in Germany.
“An important milestone is reached in the upgrade of the Stuttgart-Wendlingen-Ulm line. This section of the Rhine-Danube Corridor is an important segment of the trans – European transport network. The improved capacity and the shorter travel time will significantly increase the attractiveness and efficiency of rail transport,” Andreas Boschen, Head of INEA´s CEF Department said.
Under the CEF, the project received a EUR 432.9 million co-financing for the construction of a new rail line between Wendlingen and Ulm. Combined with another CEF-funded project improving the Stuttgart-Wendlingen rail link it is expected to reduce the travel times between Stuttgart and Ulm by 24 minutes.
This year, Deutsche Bahn has awarded work project 1.4 to Vinci Construction Terrassement for the high-speed rail line that will connect Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg, to Ulm. Under the EUR 55 million contract, the company will construct the section of railway between Stuttgart Airport and the city of Wendlingen.
Rhomberg Bahntechnik GmbH and Swietelsky Baugesellschaft m.b.H. won the EUR 250 million contract for rail track and systems of the new rail link from Wendlingen to Ulm. They will construct nearly 118 km slab track, 60 km of which in tunnels, and 16 switches as well as the construction of 50-Hz low voltage systems, telecommunications and traction power supply. The length of Wendlingen – Ulm line is 59.6 km, of which tunnels and cuttings account 30,4 km and will allow trains to run at speeds of 250 km/h.
The new line is designed for long-distance passenger transport along with fast and light-weight freight trains. It holds the promise to meet the demand for increased freight traffic by rail.