The federal government promises Deutsche Bahn more money: For investments in the maintenance of rail infrastructure, the state-owned company will receive a total of 52 billion euros by 2029. This reported the "Handelsblatt" and the newspapers of the editorial network Germany (RND) and thus confirmed a report by the SPIEGEL.
The agreement had been decided at a meeting of Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) and State Secretary of State Werner Gatzer (SPD) with budget and transport politicians of the coalition, the newspapers said.
According to Handelsblatt, the funds for maintaining the rail network will be increased from € 3.5 billion a year to € 4.6 billion annually over the next five years. Over the next five years, it should be 5.6 billion euros per year.
However, railway associations and trade unions had demanded even more money in view of the problems of the Deutsche Bahn and the climate goals of the Federal Government – they demanded seven billion euros annually for maintenance and investment in the rail. Negotiations between the federal government and the railways for a new performance and financing agreement with a term until 2029 have now been concluded with the agreement, the RND newspapers reported.
The railway fought last year with a high number of delays and train cancellations. According to the company, the reasons for this were strikes and bad weather – but also lack of reserve trains and deficiencies in maintenance.