The new railway line from Wendlingen to Ulm has been officially opened by the state and companies. In the presence of Bahn boss Richard Lutz, Secretary of State for Transport Michael Theurer (FDP) and Baden-Württemberg's Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann (Green Party), an ICE covered the approximately 60-kilometer route to inaugurate the construction project in Ulm, which cost around four billion euros - on time.
With maximum speeds of 250 kilometers per hour, the trains are to run on the new and sometimes steep new route in regular operation from the timetable change on Sunday (December 11), thus also reducing travel times in the direction of Munich and Stuttgart. Half of the 60-kilometer express rail route runs through newly built tunnels.
In the shadow of "Stuttgart 21"
Despite the immensely high construction costs, the route in the Stuttgart-Ulm rail project is always somewhat overshadowed by the much more controversial billion-euro project Stuttgart 21. While it is finished, Stuttgart 21 is a long time coming. Therefore, the construction between Wendlingen and Ulm can only show its advantages from 2025 with the planned completion of the new Stuttgart main station, according to the railway and state.
The Stuttgart-Ulm railway project with the new line, including the 85-metre-high Filstal Bridge, the underground station in downtown Stuttgart and the underground connection to the airport, costs a total of more than nine billion euros.