World Bahn wants to fix majority of the damage in NRW until the end of the year
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Dusseldorf. After billions of damage due to the flood disaster, the course wants to produce a normal state as soon as possible again in the trregular operation. When new construction, it takes partly new concepts and above all accelerated approval procedures. An overview.
Deutsche Bahn wants to put the most of the infrastructure in NRW and Rhineland-Palatine damaged by the flood catastrophe by the end of the year. "Until then, we want to bring 80 percent back to the front man," said Bahn board Volker Hentschel in a conference call. In this dimension, the infrastructure has never been destroyed on a blow. "We are standing in front of a tremendous force," says Hentschel. Some routes are flooded or completely disappeared. This is especially true for Rhineland-Palatinate. "It's all about it again, will be months, if not years," estimates the railway manager. Hentschel does not expect that the ticket prices could rise because of the repair work.
construction expects several years for reconstruction after flood
Berlin. Currently, building material is scarce, with many construction companies the order books are stuffed otherwise. Such factors hinder the work in flood areas. But a representative of the construction industry sees solutions. © Philipp von ditfurth A excavator condenses a muted bridge over the river Ahr. The reconstruction after the flood damage in Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia will take several years after the assessment of the German construction industry.
The largest damages have been created at 50 bridges in the region. In addition, 180 web transitions, almost 40 shift plants, more than 1000 overhead and signal poles, energy systems as well as elevators and lighting systems were affected in the stations, said Hentschel. The routes and facilities that are most affected by the flood include in North Rhine-Westphalia the S-Bahn route Zwiscchen Essen and Wuppertal (S9) and the train station in Hagen. Insurance coverage is probably not for the most part of the damage.
The freight traffic is also strongly impaired. Although the important rail from Cologne about Aachen to Belgium is in operation again, but in other places it still does not run smoothly. Also in Saxony, where the Elbtal is one of the most widely used routes for freight transport, it will take three to four weeks after the train until capacities are restored. There, the flood had caused great damage to a few days later.
No beautiful legacy of supposed climate chancellor
Berlin. Angela Merkel was once celebrated as the "Climate Chancellor" internationally. The outgoing Chancellor was never glad about this title - did she suspect that she would not meet him? If there is a blemish of your chancellor, then it. © Wolfgang Rattay Chancellor Angela Merkel and NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (both CDU) this Tuesday during their visit to Bad Münstereifel, which is severely affected by the flood. The era Merkel was an era of prosperity.
As far as the financing of repair work is concerned, the train is currently in conversations with the federal, state and local communities. Sometimes new traffic concepts and construction ideas would have to be developed during reconstruction. On bridges you can, for example, from larger spans from preventing drifting from accumulating. Also simplified approval procedures could significantly accelerate the new construction of the affected routes, as Hentschel said.
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