Hanau-Gelnhausen high-speed railway

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The Hanau-Gelnhausen high-speed railway is a planned railway expansion, part of a bigger project connecting Hanau to the Hanover–Würzburg high-speed railway at Gelnhausen.[1] The railway project as a whole would improve journey times for trains travelling from Frankfurt-am-Main to both Berlin and Munich. Its parts are as follows:

  • expansion and new construction between Hanau and Nantenbach („Südkorridor“)
  • four-track expansion of the existing Kinzigtalbahn from Hanau to Gelnhausen
  • new high-speed line from Gelnhausen to Fulda
  • expansion and new construction from Fulda to Gerstungen, and
  • the already completed expansion of the Thüringer Bahn between Gerstungen, Eisenach and Erfurt, which now allows speeds of 160 km/h, partially even 200 km/h.

With the expansion, trains travelling to Berlin would be able to reach the Hanover–Würzburg high-speed railway quickly and trains travelling to Munich would, if the connection includes a triangular junction, allow high-speed trains to bypass Aschaffenburg (where high-speed trains stop on the way to Munich) and reach Würzburg quicker. The federal transport minister told parliament in 2010 that construction would not commence prior to 2025.[citation needed] Despite this the federal government has allocated funds to continue the planning process.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "ABS/NBS Hanau - Würzburg / Fulda - Erfurt: Projektbeschreibung und Beurteilungskriterien" [ABS / NBS Hanau - Würzburg / Fulda - Erfurt: Project description and assessment criteria] (in German).