Revving up Germany— Leipzig


He believes in playing classical music as a way to prevent road rage and he understands that better transport solutions mean a higher quality of life. Meet Peter Ramsauer, Germany’s minister of transportation, construction and urban development.

Construction, Europe, Transport, Urban development

Germany is famed for its well-built cars and efficient railways. But these days, there’s more to being a transport minister than planes, trains and automobiles. In recent months, German citizens have been unnerved by transport disasters that span the globe, from the Costa Concordia ferry tragedy in Tuscany to the growing threat of piracy in the Horn of Africa.

Germany’s minister of transportation, construction and urban development, Peter Ramsauer, has expanded the scope of his office to encompass these new dangers. He’s proposed an international…

  1. The Bundesverkehrswegeplan: A national programme to improve federal roads, will be completed in 2015. By then, the overhaul of 5,500km of local roads and 4,300km of autobahns will have been 11 years in the making. The cost: a total of €47bn.

  2. Karlsruhe to Basel four-track train expansion: In agreement with Switzerland, the German government has committed to expanding this trans-national link before 2019. The work will ease congestion through the Gotthard tunnel, reduce bottlenecking around Basel and cost €1.5bn.

  3. Emmerich-Oberhausen train line: Part of the €25bn transnational project to develop the Rotterdam-Genoa corridor, the expansion will increase freight traffic, add 61km of track and be completed in 2014.

  4. Stuttgart 21: A plan to relocate freight trains outside the city centre and transfer passenger lines underground will create 100 hectares of inner city green space and will cost a total of €2.8bn.


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