After the rescue work at the rail accident site near Leiferde in Lower Saxony, the important train route is now to be renewed quickly. "At the moment we are in the process of rebuilding the track," said Michael Körber, operations manager at DB Netz AG, on Friday. Over the weekend, among other things, work should begin to reinstall the destroyed catenary masts, Körber reported at an on-site appointment.
Deutsche Bahn had previously announced that trains should be rolling again from December 11th - five days earlier than initially planned. Around 600 meters of new tracks would have to be laid, said Körber. In addition, a new overhead line is required at around 1,500 meters before the release. Accordingly, new cables for the control and safety technology will be laid over a distance of around 2000 meters.
On November 17, a train consisting of 25 tank wagons filled with propane gas ran into another train in the Gifhorn district that was stopping at a signal. Four wagons overturned, one train driver was slightly injured. Firefighters needed days to pump the gas out of the wagons and burn it off with a special device.
The accident causes many train cancellations and numerous disruptions to rail traffic on the route between Hanover and Berlin. For long-distance passengers who want to postpone a planned trip due to the train collision, according to Bahn, a special goodwill applies up to and including December 23.