Nuremberg–Munich high-speed railway
|Nuremberg–Munich high-speed railway|
|Native name||Schnellfahrstrecke Nürnberg–Ingolstadt–München|
|Line number||New line: 5934; Old line: 5501|
|Line length||170.8 km|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|Minimum radius||300 km/h section: 4085 m
Upgraded track: 814 m
|Operating speed||300 km/h, upgraded track: 200 km/h|
|Maximum incline||300 km/h section: 20 ‰ (300 km/h section)
Upgraded track: 12.5 ‰
The northern section, between Nuremberg and Ingolstadt, is a new 300 km/h (186 mph) track built from scratch between 1998 and 2006. It is 90.1 km (56.0 mi) in length with nine tunnels (total length: 27 km or 17 mi). In order to minimize damage to the environment, it runs for the most part right next to Bundesautobahn 9.
The southern section, between Ingolstadt and Munich, is 19th-century track. Its southern section has been upgraded for up to 200 km/h (124 mph). Between 2010 and 2013, further upgrades to the midsection of the track will be done. The minimum speed on the Munich-Ingolstadt section should then be 160 km/h (99 mph), with 190 km/h (118 mph) in the middle and 200 km/h in the southern section.
Both long-distance and regional services operate on the line. InterCityExpress trains reach the tracks' 300 km/h speed-limit. InterCity and RegionalExpress trains travel at a maximum speed of 200 km/h. The Allersberg-Express, a RegionalBahn shuttle service, is operated between Allersberg and Nuremberg.
The line was officially inaugurated on May 13, 2006. Limited operation with a twice-hourly long-distance service started on May 28, 2006. The line has been in full operation since December 2006. Compared to the former track via Augsburg, it cut off 29 km (18 mi), or about 30 minutes journey time on long-distance and an hour on regional trains.
The first proposal for a high-speed line dates back to 1983, when the Nuremberg section of Deutsche Bundesbahn proposed a more direct line between Nuremberg and Munich. The project was added to the 1985 federal traffic infrastructure plan. The following years were marked by heated debate on the route of the line, in particular if it should run via Ingolstadt or Augsburg. While the Ingolstadt line is much more direct (171 km or 106 mi) than the existing Augsburg route (199 km or 124 mi), the metropolitan area of Augsburg is considered much larger than Ingolstadt's. Apart from concerns that fewer long-distance trains would run via (and stop at) Augsburg, there were also concerns about the environmental effects of the 75 km (47 mi) of track that had to be built from scratch. Large-scale construction began in 1998, when numerous disputes had finally been settled and the total cost was estimated to be € 2.3 billion. The € 1.3 billion cost increase arose from numerous geological problems found during construction and additional works required to meet environmental and security concerns.
|Trains running on the Nuremberg–Munich high-speed railway|
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