Inadequate shift policy to rail

Released on 22.10. 2021

  • At the Frankfurt-Ost container station, there are hundreds of containers in the early morning, while in the foreground a crane is another one that has arrived Freight train added. Photo: Frank Rumpenhorst

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The road is further ahead of the rail when it comes to the question of freight transport in Germany. But why is that?

Berlin (dpa) – The goods competitors of Deutsche Bahn do not assume that significantly more goods than before will be transported by rail instead of by road in the coming years.

In its current competitor report, which the European Railways Network (NEE) published in excerpts on Friday, the association predicts that the freight share of the railways will be slightly more than 18, do not change 2 percent to 2024

The track expansion is stagnating

Political measures such as the extension of the truck toll and the introduction of a CO2 tax for fossil fuels strengthened the railways. However, the price effects are “so far too low for relevant relocation impulses”, says the brochure. The track network in Germany has been stagnating for years with a total length of around 33. 300 kilometers. For more transports by rail, a significant expansion of the rail infrastructure is required.

The federal government, which has now been elected from office, had already set itself the goal, by the year 2030 the share of rail in freight traffic to around 25 Increase percent.

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