Germany Must Speed Up Rail Network Electrification says Transport Alliance

Germany is lagging behind the rest of Europe when it comes to rail network electrification.

This is according to non-profit transport alliance Allianz pro Schiene, which has noted that at 61% electrification, Germany is significantly behind other European countries such as Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden, which have achieved between 70–100%.

In addition, the non-profit noted that progression of electrification work in Germany is slower than the European Union (EU) average.

Allianz pro Schiene’s figures show that Germany increased the proportion of tracks with power lines by just 2 percentage points between 2009 to 2019, while the EU average was 4 percentage points.

The non-profit points out that the next federal government must speed up its rate of rail network electrification if Germany wishes to be a leader in e-mobility.