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Germany delaying European shift from road transport to railway

Frustration on the railroad Why the Swiss Railway SBB are annoyed by the Deutsche Bahn The Swiss Federal Railways are not on good terms with Deutsche Bahn. Because of Germany, the north-south goods axis does not start properly An important chapter in the rail dispute between Switzerland and Germany: their respective key roles on the Rotterdam-Genoa axis. According to several European and national decisions, freight traffic on this economically important route should primarily be carried out by rail instead of by road. But this requires some new tunnels and new or upgraded connecting routes. It is hardly surprising that the railway country of Switzerland has largely done its homework on this matter, sometimes ahead of schedule. In 2020, the country opened its third base tunnel, the Ceneri, after the Lötschberg and Gotthard tunnels, and was thus able to complete the massive project called "Neue Eisenbahn-Alpentransversale" (NRLA) that had started in the 1990s. And Germany? Effectively prevents the goods axis between northern and southern Europe from starting properly. As early as 1996, Germany had agreed with Switzerland in the Lugano Treaty to expand the German access routes to the NEAT tunnels in line with increasing demand. In particular, this concerns the Rhine Valley route between Karlsruhe and Basel, which is to have four lanes instead of just two in the future. The expansion is far from finished, planned commissioning: 2041. It is possible that German trains will soon end in Basel In Switzerland, that creates trouble. "Without this access road for goods traffic, the NRLA cannot be fully effective," says Peter Füglistaler, Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Transport. This means that Europe's shifting of freight traffic to rail will not work out that way. Füglistaler criticizes that there has been no progress on the Rhine Valley route for "years". For a few years now there has been a new agreement between Bern and Berlin to temporarily eliminate the bottlenecks on the German access route. Particularly embarrassing for Germany: Italy has largely fulfilled its agreement with Switzerland in terms of feeder routes.

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  • Kevin

    41 w

    The Germans are really causing unnecessary delays in transition

    • Patrik Lobergh

      41 w

      @Kevin Indeed

    • Edwin wangombe

      42 w

      The shift should happen ASAP... Shame on Germany for delaying this process

      • We Don't Have Time

        42 w

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        • john linus Tom

          42 w

          This is too bad , there is need to wake up

          • Joseph Githinji

            42 w

            Good relations between nations and construction bodies is so critical, Germany must create bilateral relations with Europe to enhance the smooth running of the railway construction. This war against climate change effects can only be won if we all work in unity.

            • Jengaj John

              42 w

              They need to wake up!

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