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Germany lagging behind in rail network development (14/7/2014)


Compared to many of its European neighbours, Germany has not invested enough money in its rail network in recent years. The claim was made by the country’s pro-rail alliance (Allianz pro Schiene) and the consultancy company SCI Verkehr.

Switzerland tops the investment league with EUR 366 per capita, followed by Austria with EUR 199 per capita. The two Alpine nations have been ploughing more money into their rail network than into roads for a good number of years. Many other countries are also enhancing their rail networks. Sweden has paid out EUR 160/citizen, the Netherlands EUR 139 and the UK spent EUR 120 per person. Moreover, politicians clearly signalled that Italy (EUR 81/per person) has to augment its rail network.

Only Germany, with EUR 54 per capita, is threatened with the loss of connectivity to European countries with promising economic potential. Among the countries under review, only France (EUR 47 per capita in 2013) and economically-impacted Spain (EUR 27 per capita) spent less on their railway infrastructure than Germany. (ben)

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