Transportation, Europe, Germany, Government
Making a High-Speed Connection in Germany
Stuttgart-Ulm High-Speed Rail Project
Aimed at creating ‘the new heart of Southern Germany,’ the Stuttgart-Ulm rail project will connect Paris and Frankfurt with Munich and Budapest—allowing easier travel throughout Europe on modern high-speed rail. When complete, Stuttgart-Ulm will update the original rail link built in 1850, bring a new level of rail service to Germany, provide better access throughout Europe, and drive economic and cultural growth for the Stuttgart metropolitan area. This partnership between Deutsche Bahn AG, Stuttgart, the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the German federal government, and the European Union is one of the most innovative and comprehensive railway projects in Europe. Dubbed “Stuttgart 21,” this € 4 billion project includes the construction of 60 kilometers of railway line from Stuttgart to Ulm and the transformation of the Stuttgart main railway station from a terminal station to an underground “drive-through” station.
The Stuttgart-Ulm rail project will improve rail transit in Germany, including updates to the historic Stuttgart Hauptbahhof and Wendlingen-Ulm line.
The new underground transit station in the historic Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof will be connected to the airport and the planned rapid transit route to Ulm. The inner-city ring route through the Stuttgart underground will shorten passenger travel time, reduce noise and preserve green space in the city. Commissioned as the site assessment and geotechnical consultant, we are helping to maintain the history of this well-known structure under a tight schedule and complex geological and hydrogeological conditions. Tunnels in open cut construction, railway and road structures, trough constructions, cuttings, paths, and other engineering structures will be developed.
We are also updating the Wendlingen-Ulm line—a segment of the Stuttgart-Ulm project—which will reduce travel time between the two cities by more than 50 percent and provide a vital link to Europe’s high-speed rail network. As a construction manager and supervisor, we will address the complicated geology of the undulating Swabian Alb low mountain range. The planning for this section may be the most challenging part of the entire Stuttgart-Ulm line, with tunnels passing through huge caverns, rock and limestone.