In 1991, after the reunification of Germany, the Federal Government created the German unification transport project no. 8 (Verkehrsprojekt Deutsche Einheit; VDE) in order to improve transport connections by rail between east and west and between north and south. The new expansion line, approximately 500 km long, between Nuremberg, Erfurt, Leipzig/Halle and Berlin will be fully operational on December 10, 2017. The new high-speed line provides a competitive and environmentally sound alternative to travel by road and plane Berlin – Munich in under four hours – the service offered by DB Group from December 2017 will make traveling easier and more comfortable, directly benefiting about 17 million people in Germany.
Dr. Richard Lutz CEO and Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bahn AG