The future of Germany’s railways – intermodal and digitally interlinked
7 April 2015 • Author(s): Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany
In international comparisons, Germany is a world leader in terms of infrastructure, logistics and connectivity, writes Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany. This safeguards our competitiveness as an exporting nation, thereby securing growth, prosperity and jobs. Linked with this is a continuous growth in the demand for freight transport services. Over the period to 2030, the total volume of inland traffic in Germany is likely to rise by over 30%, and on the railways this figure is over 40%.
In this context, rail freight in particular will gain additional market shares as we want to shift more movements from the roads to rail. In both the freight and passenger transport sectors, the trend is towards an intermodal linkage of operations and the intelligent digitalisation of mobility flows. Innovative approaches such as combined transport, bike or car sharing, and digital travel assistants for rail customers, are making the rail system as a whole more attractive and efficient…