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The Free State of Saxony is highly dependent on operative
transport connections to the EU domestic market just as
to the neighbouring countries of the European Union.
In the last years, Saxony has benefited significantly from EU
trade together with globalization of economic processes:
In 2014, the export of Saxony reached a merchandise
value of 35.91 billion euros. The export ratio was 33 %.
The import of goods to Saxony increased from 3.8 billion
euros in 1995 to 20.62 billion euros in 2014.
Saxony has a high attractiveness as a region of tourism
and research as well as an investment location. In 2014,
Saxony had with 18.6 % the highest investment ratio
of all federal states in Germany.
A key condition for further intensification of economic
and social relationship with eastern and south-eastern
neighbouring countries is the improved integration of
Saxony in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
The German-Czech rail link through the Elbe Valley is an
essential part of the Orient / East-Med core net corridor
in the TEN-T. Besides the link function between Dresden
and Prague, the new railway line has high importance for
international traffic from the North- and Baltic Sea ports
to the southern and south-eastern European countries.
It connects nine EU member states. Currently approxi-
mately 200 trains use this rail connection every day.
Considering the transport forecasts it can be expected,
that the capacity of this railway line will be exhausted
in the medium term. An expansion of the existing infra-
structure is not feasible, due to geographic conditions
and environmental protection in the Elbe Valley.
The Free State of Saxony and the Czech Republic support
the construction of a new high speed railway line outside
the Elbe Valley between Dresden and Ústí nad Labem with
a further continuation towards Prague.
The Free State of Saxony has already carried out the
following preparatory activities:
Feasibility study (2008)
Potential analysis and support for cost – benefit
analysis (2010)
Analysis of track routing options (2011 / 2012)
TEN-T-Study „Preliminary Planning Services new
high speed rail line Dresden – Prague” (2014 / 2015)
The objectives of the new railway line are – to reduce
travel time in passenger transport from currently more
than two hours to one hour between Dresden and
Prague, to increase capacity for freight transport, to
reduce noise in the Elbe Valley as well as to provide a
flood-safe connection to the Czech Republic. Further-
more regional passenger traffic will be decongested
from long-distance passenger traffic / freight traffic
ex Heidenau-South at the Elbe Valley route.
New railway line
Dresden – Prague
Contents of TEN-T Study: „Preliminary Planning Services new
high speed rail line Dresden – Prague“
The study has been finalized in time at the end of
December 2015. It has concerned preparatory studies
that covered the cross-border section between Heidenau
(DE) and Ústí nad Labem as well as the continuation to
Prague. Investigations concerning environment and sett-
lement as well as operational, geological, legal and time
requirements for the new high speed railway line have
been performed. Thus an optimization of the previous
route has been achieved. The geophysical analyses were
thereby carried out by the Saxon State
Office for Environment, Agriculture and
Geology. The optimized route considers
primarily the criteria of minimal potential for conflicts
and is widely by-passing residential and ecologically
sensitive areas.
Furthermore DB Netz AG has drawn up a Scope of Traffic
and a Time Table Study for the section Dresden - Ústí
n.L.. These documents confirm the basic objectives of
Saxony for this new routing. For example, travel time on
the new route between Dresden and Ústí n.L. (CZ) will
be reduced by about 12 % for freight transport and by
almost two-thirds for passenger transport. Passenger
transport can be realised every hour.
existing track
planned new track
planned new track CZ
The Saxon State Ministry
for Economic Affairs, Labour
and Transport and the Czech
Republic carried out this
study, supported by the
European Union:
Tunnel
Heidenau / Großsedlitz
Viaduct
Seidewitz
Base tunnel
The Free State of Saxony promotes an
efficient rail infrastructure
Platzhalter Längsschnitt
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