Mannheim – Karlsruhe: DB plans with citizens
The main railway route between Mannheim and Karlsruhe is a central part of the Rhine-Alpine corridor. It is currently double track. While there also is an alternative route via Heidelberg, the total capacity does not match the needs of the corridor. An additional double track route is in the planning phase.
Deutsche Bahn is looking for the optimum route within a wide corridor. A main step is to ask all involved local and regional stakeholders for their priorities, among them the people who live along the corridor. These days, DB held the first hearings. Find here the description of the project (external link, German language) with a link to the principles of the hearings. The first hearing now was held online with more than 500 participants.
Regional mobility app launched in Karlsruhe
One of the main topics of the EGTC Rhine-Alpine’s last “Rhine-Alpine talks” was the “Regiomove” project in Karlsruhe region. It offers the end user all mobility services through one single platform. Its central app now went online. Besides trains, streetcars, buses, bikes and carsharing offers, the app also allows for real-time calculations of travel times for each option. Read more here (external link, German language).
Rhine: New tanker fleet with LNG propulsion and shallow draught
A Joint Venture between VT Group and Marlow Navigation Netherlands has signed a ship management agreement with Shell for the technical and crew management of 40 new-built Inland Tankers. Marlow will lead the crew management and VT Group will be in charge of technical and operational management. The VT Group specialises in inland shipping, transporting minerals, chemical products, biofuels, and lubricants.
The design of the vessels is being adapted to maximise the cargo carrying capacity on the Dutch, Belgian, and German canal and river networks. Each of the 3,500T inland water barges will have extreme shallow draught capabilities and be equipped with an LNG propulsion system. The first vessel is expected to be delivered in November 2021, followed by a vessel each month thereafter, completing the order by December 2024. Read the details here (external link).