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High-speed railway line Erfurt–Leipzig/Halle (VDE 8.2)

Photo: High-speed railway line Erfurt–Leipzig/Halle: two yellow excavators work on a slab track section.
Facts and Figures
Company PORR Bau GmbH, Railway Construction Department, in a consortium
PrincipalDB Netz AG (DB Energie GmbH)
LocationErfurt - Germany
Type Rail construction, Slab track system
Runtime09.2011 - 12.2015

A milestone in the framework of German Unity Transport Projects

The high-speed railway line between Erfurt and Leipzig/Halle is section 8.2 of the German Unity Transport Projects (VDE). It has been designed as a standard-gauge, double-track electrified railway route for high-quality passenger and goods traffic and has a total length of 123 km. PORR contributed two 90 km sections of slab tracks in tunnels, on bridges and in open sections.
The route layout has been designed for speeds of up to 300 km/h. Starting at Erfurt’s main station, the route first runs parallel to the existing route, branches off in a north-easterly direction at Vieselbach and runs through the Thuringian Basin via the Scherkonde bridge at Krautheim and the Gänsebach bridge at Buttstädt.

    • 179.352 km of slab tracks (17% in tunnels, 16% on bridges)
    • 3 tunnels (a total of 15.4 km of slab tracks): Finne tunnel: 6,970 m, Bibra tunnel: 6,466 m, Osterberg tunnel: 2,082 m
    • 6 bridges: Scherkonde bridge: 577 m, Gänsebach bridge: 1,012 m, Saubach bridge: 248 m, Unstrut bridge: 2,668 m, Stöbnitz bridge: 297 m, Saale-Elster bridge: 6,465 m
    • Halle/Salle turnoff: 2,112 m
    • 22 km of noise and wind protection walls including foundations
    • 60 km of overhead line mast foundations
    • 42 switches in slab tracks