BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – In order for trains to run more punctually and reliably, Deutsche Bahn and the rail industry want to modernize signal boxes in Germany faster than previously planned. The state-owned company announced on Wednesday that the entire interlocking infrastructure should be digitally converted by 2035. Failures and malfunctions of analog signal boxes and the associated delays should become less frequent. So far, the plan was to digitize the relevant infrastructure by 2040. The federal government is financing the faster restructuring with around half a billion euros in addition from the economic stimulus package.
On Wednesday, the company, the Association of the Railway Industry in Germany (VDB) and the Federal Railway Authority signed a declaration in which they agreed on the project. “We agree to accelerate the planning, approval, financing and retrofitting of the technology in the existing rail network,” said the Infrastructure Director of Deutsche Bahn, Ronald Pofalla, when the declaration was signed in Berlin on Wednesday ./maa/DP/ fba