DB Netz AG - Articles and news items
Issue 2 2016 / 23 March 2016 /
Frank Sennhenn, CEO of DB Netz AG, explains how the organisation makes use of technology and innovation to improve the quality and availability of Germany’s railway infrastructure…
Issue 2 2015 / 7 April 2015 /
Success of financing rail infrastructure in Germany is now in its second round. The second Performance and Financing Agreement (Leistungs- und Finanzierungsvereinbarung, ‘LuFV II’) between the government of the Federal Republic of Germany and Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) was signed at the beginning of January 2015. The conclusion of this agreement is good news for both the rail industry and Germany as a business location in total. For European Railway Review, Frank Sennhenn – CEO of DB Netz AG – explains that the new agreement provides planning and financial security for the existing tracks, stations and DB AG’s power systems for a further five years. At the same time, the conclusion of the LuFV II is the basis of the largest ever modernisation programme for Deutsche Bahn’s infrastructure…
Rail industry news / 18 June 2012 /
As part of the extension of the Hannover–Uelzen line, Siemens are awarded contract…
This free to view Signalling & Telecommunications supplement is sponsored by Alcatel-Lucent and WaveTrain Systems:
openETCS: Applying ‘Open Proofs’ to European Train Control (Klaus-Rüdiger Hase, Manager of ETCS On-Board Systems, DB Netz AG)
ERTMS: Global dimensions, global challenges (Emmanuel Brutin, Senior Public Affairs Manager, UNIFE)
Issue 2 2012 / 11 April 2012 /
Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) was founded in 1994 and is now one of the world’s leading passenger and logistics companies. Operating in 130 countries, approximately 290,000 employees, of which about 190,000 are located in Germany, are committed to ensuring that customers are provided with effective and efficient mobility and logistical services.
In a series of recent announcements from DB, the company is showing that it is not putting the brakes on future developments in Germany, with commitments made to invest in line extensions and track investments plus a selection of other significant improvements.
With increasing passenger numbers and a rise in rail traffic, DB recognises the importance of implementing noise protection measures along railway lines. In 2011, DB made good progress in this area by constructing over 55km of new noise barriers and soundproofing 2,550 households. Commenting on the success of the noise protection programme, Oliver Kraft, CEO of DB Netz AG said: “The measures we took in 2011 were innovative and we invested approximately €145 million of federal funding and around €6 million of our own funds.”
Rail industry expert John Gough describes the role of DB Netze in the upgrading of the German rail network, despite the challenges of the economic crisis.
In a recent presentation from Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Feldwisch of DB Netz AG given at the UIC High-Speed show in Amsterdam, ambitious plans for enlarging the German high-speed network were explained.
Permanent way is required to absorb the static and dynamic forces resulting in vertical (z), lateral (y), and longitudinal (x) directions from railway traffic loads, to effectively distribute them, and to transfer them into the sub-grade at reduced magnitudes. Superimposed on these external forces are additional internal forces arising from temperature loads, which can influence track-position stability on straight as well as curved track, and which must be taken into consideration in design dimensioning of the permanent way.
In an interview for the European Railway Review, Dr. Volker Kefer, Chairman of the Board of Management for DB Netz AG, explains the companies operational techniques and also discusses future development plans to ensure that DB Netz AG is a company that performs successfully.
DB Netz AG is responsible for the entire track infrastructure of Deutsche Bahn. The track network, which encompasses more than 34,000km, is the longest in all of Europe. It is presently used by approximately 350 rail transportation companies. There are approximately 39,000 train movements each day in combined passenger and freight traffic, which yields an annual traffic volume of more than one billion train-kilometers.
In 2005, Deutsche Bahn AG became the first transport undertaking in Europe to implement the new standard for digital train radio on the GSM-R system platform (Global System for Mobile Communications – Rail). DB AG is thus pioneering the technological transition from the older analogue communications facilities to the new generation of digital systems. DB Netz commissioned the DB subsidiary DB Telematik to plan and build the infrastructure for the new mobile radio systems and to manage technical operations.
Ensuring efficient breakdown repair management for DB Netz AG means the guarantee of availability of the track system around the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.