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Regional rail passenger transport infrastructure

An intact and efficient infrastructure is a prerequisite for the successful implementation of traffic concepts. In doing so, the interests of both passenger and freight traffic must be taken into account.

According to Article 87e of the Basic Law, the federal government guarantees the expansion and maintenance of the rail network of the federal railways. He makes use of the railway infrastructure companies, such as DB Netz AG or DB Station & Service AG.

The expansion of the rail network is taking place, for example, through the projects of the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan. The modernization and maintenance of the existing network is regulated by a performance and financing agreement (LuFV) between the federal government and the railway infrastructure companies.

Annex 8.7 takes on a special role within the LuFV. It defines the financing and implementation regulations for projects that serve to improve and expand regional rail passenger transport. These measures must be coordinated between the railway infrastructure companies and the federal states. For projects in Saxony-Anhalt, 121.2 million euros from Annex 8.7 are available within the term of the current LuFV from 2020 - 2029.

In some specific cases, route expansions are also funded by the state (e.g. Halberstadt - Blankenburg and Bernburg - Könnern).

The state also carries out its own expansion projects. The corresponding instrument for this is Annex 8.7. of the LuFV., the Service and Funding Agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Deutsche Bahn. Examples of this include the expansion of the Madgeburg - Halberstadt and Glindenberg - Oebisfelde routes as well as the upgrading of Merseburg and Lutherstadt Wittenberg stations.

In order to accelerate projects in the special interest of the state and to work on focus topics, the state of Saxony-Anhalt supports the railway infrastructure companies financially in the station program and in the infrastructure program through NASA GmbH. For example, framework agreements were concluded between DB Station & Service AG and the state for the modernization and barrier-free expansion of train stations, in which both partners share the corresponding planning and construction costs. The current framework agreement, which runs from 2019 to 2022, has a volume of around EUR 69 million.

Infrastructure for regional rail passenger passenger transport does not end on the platform edge. In terms of an optimal link between the modes of transport, the state is also committed to improving the immediate vicinity of the station. The REVITA program supports activities for the revitalization of reception buildings. In the interface program, mainly municipalities are supported in the development of connection points to other public transport, bicycle parking facilities and P + R parking spaces. NASA GmbH is responsible for both funding programs.