The "rail conference of upper franconia" met at cafe moritz on saturday.
On the second floor of the cafe, CSU burgermeisters from upper franconia, european member of parliament monika hohlmeier and other CSU discussants were sitting at a long conference table. The members of the bundestag from lichtenfels, emmi zeulner, the vice-president of the german bundestag and CSU district chairman, hans-peter friedrich, but also the most important person for the topic: hans georg reichhart, state minister for housing, construction and above all traffic, left the table for a press conference.
"getting back on an agenda"
Nine items on the agenda, ranging from the electrification of railroads to the timing of long-distance traffic and the management of flat areas owned by the railroad, lie behind them. The upper franconian axis was a particular topic of discussion at this conference, which was initiated by emmi zeulner. This is the rail connection path that runs from hochstadt to hof and is not electrified.
Only diesel locomotives can still run on the line, and that is exactly what the conference participants wanted to change. It is important to get this demand back on the agenda, because although the federal ministry of transport has included a number of rail projects in bavaria in its priority list, it has not included this one.
"In the center of germany"
Apart from the concerns along the route between hochstadt, kulmbach and hof, zeulner reminded that the rail issue in particular was one that had to be considered as a whole and free of parochial thinking, because it had effects in all directions and areas of the homeland. A notch in which reichhart also struck. In the past, it was a border region, but today it is "in the middle of germany", and so "upper franconia must be kept in focus in the future in terms of transport".
According to a working paper used at the conference, the federal ministry of transport and digital infrastructure (BMVI) is planning to electrify 70 percent of the lines anyway, which are known in the jargon as "diesel islands" be named. From the point of view of the conferring parties, there are also routes on which the trains must become faster, which then also brings the topic of lichtenfels-west into play.
"If we become faster on all routes, then a stop there is possible", zeulner commented on the idea of an additional rail stop around concept laser and the reundorf new construction area. Here, too, the electrification of the upper franconia axis plays a role, because the locomotive reconnections that currently have to take place on it are time-consuming.
For hydrogen on the rails
There will also be changes with regard to fuel operation. "we would like to use hydrogen on the rails", friedrich explains to the press with matter-of-fact vehemence. He expressed the hope that siemens would be able to provide a traction vehicle designed for this purpose by 2023. The use of such a vehicle is planned for the region of upper franconia.
The coburg train station is also to be strengthened. There, the ICE stop has proven to be a success, with good timing and good numbers. The costs for a track extension are to be borne by the free state of bavaria. In relation to the planning costs incurred for this, there was talk of 300000 euros. However, the planning will take place this year.
According to reichhart, this should also have an "impact on lichtenfels" have: one pulls together.
The conference may have represented a kind of collection of materials. And according to emmi zeulner, the first step will be to commission cost estimates for the points mentioned.