Deutsche Bahn has launched a EUR 400 million project to build a new ICE maintenance facility in Nuremberg which is currently under approval process. The new maintenance facility which will be 100 percent CO2-neutrally will create 450 new jobs.
“Deutsche Bahn is our top player for climate protection and future-proof jobs. We support this boost by investing more in the rail system than ever before,” the Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer said at the official ceremony.
The facility will have a 450 m-long maintenance hall will have six tracks with a capacity of up to 25 ICE trains per day. The maintenance facility will have an operational surface of 460,000 square meters on a land property of 5.5 kilometers in length.
“A high-performance railway is the backbone for the mobility transition. Now we have to set the course for growth and maintenance of the train fleet of tomorrow. Thus, the decision for the new plant in Nuremberg is an important milestone,” Berthold Huber, DB Board Member for Passenger Transport said.
Deutsche Bahn is investing EUR 8.5 billion by 2026 for the procurement of 167 new ICE 3 and 4 trains.
“Nuremberg is a central hub in our network and therefore an ideal location for our new plant. We are creating 450 attractive jobs here, and local companies can participate in tenders for the construction of the plant. We are thus strengthening the economic strength of the entire region,” Ronald Pofalla, DB Board Member for Infrastructure said.
This is the fourth DB plant in Nuremberg area where more than 5000 DB employees are employed. The new plant will make Nuremberg an important rail transport hub that will have a great impact on the modal shift. Within the coming months, the location of the plant will be determined in close cooperation with city’s authorities that will work together with Deutsche Bahn during the planning process.
For the detailed planning, the citizens and environmental associations will be also involved.
To minimise the impact on the environment, DB will reduce the land consumption to the absolutely necessary area and where the interventions cannot be prevented despite all the efforts, DB will manage the issue to compensate any kind of damage. The issue of noise is also of particular importance in the region as it is a densely populated region. The construction and operation activities of the new plant will be performed at a very low noise level.
The ICE maintenance facility in Nuremberg is expected to become operational in 2028.