The Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bahn AG approved the EUR 1 billion investment for the procurement of additional trains, with DB Long Distance investing EUR 500 million in expanding its ICE maintenance depots. DB’s Frankfurt-Griesheim depot will undergo a major expansion to allow more trains to be serviced there. Plans are already in the works to expand the Cottbus depot.
At the meeting, DB also gave green light to further expand the long-distance fleet. So far, DB ordered 177 new trains, of which 137 ICE 4, 23 ECx and 17 Kiss trains. By 2024, DB will purchase 229 new trains.
The Supervisory Board approved the purchase of 30 additional high-speed trains, which will significantly increase the number of seats on the high-speed Cologne-Rhine-Main and Munich-Berlin lines in particular.
According to DB’s specifications for the manufacturer, the new trains will add at least 11,400 more seats on long-distance trains beginning in December 2022. The specifications also call for 8 bicycle spaces per train. The DB decision is another big step in implementing the Strong Rail strategy, specifically the aim of doubling passenger numbers on long-distance trains.
Under the Strong Rail strategy, DB intends to invest EUR 11 billion for the procurement of new long-distance and regional trains, including the modernisation and expansion of the depots.