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Agenda PL

Agenda DE



Perspectives of cross-border railway transport between Berlin-Brandenburg, Lubuskie and Wielkopolskie

On 14.03.2013 representatives of local government, German federal states and Polish voivodships as responsible authorities for regional rail transport and representatives of railway and infrastructure operators gathered in Gorzów Wielkopolski (PL) to discuss the perspectives of cross-border railway transport between the regions of Berlin-Brandenburg, Lubuskie and Wielkopolskie and to derive proposals and recommendations for further development. Prof. Bogusław Liberadzki, Member of European Parliament, submitted a welcome address, since he unfortunately could not be present at the event.

Prof. Liberadzki pointed out that for the renewal of the Polish railway system during the next funding period an amount of EUR 5 billion will be available that can be used as well for the renewal of the track from Berlin to Gorzów Wielkopolski and further to Gdańsk. An important milestone is the classification as part of the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T), for which he successfully argued in the EP. Due to the cross-border location this would significantly increase the rate of possible funding.

After an introduction to technical and regulatory barriers for cross-border rail transport and to the status of infrastructure development in particular the future of the railway line from Berlin via Kostrzyn to Gorzow Wielkopolski and Pila was discussed. The Polish partners underlined their great interest in further modernisation and renewal of this connection, which includes electrification for freight transport. It is also expected that the planned direct connections between Berlin and Gorzów Wielkopolski will be introduced as soon as possible, preferably with the next timetable change 2013/14.

The German partners presented the infrastructural measures to be implemented until 2016 to connect the trains to Berlin-Ostkreuz station, improving as well the connection to the BER airport. Latest that year the railway operator Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB) and the Marshal's Office of the Lubuskie Voivodship intend to operate cross-border railcars, which allow to introduce direct connections. Additionally, representatives of the NEB and German Railways (DB) announced that they will check the possibilities to use such railcars even earlier. On behalf of the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment in Berlin the Permanent Secretary Christian Gaebler declared that he will invite to talks and agreements in this issue.

Regarding the development of infrastructure it was stated that even regional links such as the connection Berlin-Gorzów Wielkopolski should be subject to intergovernmental agreements to define the objectives of infrastructure development. For this purpose the national transport ministries should check if there is a need to reorganise rail freight transport across the German-Polish border in medium- and long-term perspective to relieve the freight corridor Berlin-Poznań-Warsaw. An important parameter with this regard is the plan of Polish partners to link Warsaw to the European high-speed network. Therefore the Federal State of Berlin agreed with the Federal State of Brandenburg to apply for the modernisation of the so-called “Eastern Railway” as double-track electrified line in the next edition of the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan.


Dr. Jürgen Murach, Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment
Improvements in railway transport between Berlin-Gorzów Wielkopolski and Berlin-Poznań

Arvid Kämmerer, DB Netz
Current issues of infrastructure development Germany-Poland

Andrzej Klauza, Marshal’s Office of the Lubuskie Voivodship
Objectives for cross-border rail transport to Berlin and Brandenburg from the point of view of the Lubuskie voivodship

Thomas Dill, VBB Berlin-Brandenburg Transport Association
Without change of trains across the border – Regulations in the traffic contract for the East Brandenburg network, technical requirements for railcars