Eighty per cent of the money from the CO2 surcharge of the German truck toll will from 2024 onwards go to railway investments, instead of road. This decision comes after a three-day retreat where the Government coalition partners negotiated a reform package, including transport. Significant investments in rail are promised, but there is an uncertainty margin of whether the necessary billions for rail infrastructure will be made available.
hough battle between road and rail
45 billion to rail, but with a margin of uncertainty
“Clear commitment, but overall disappointing”
Challenge of efficient use of the funds
p style=”margin: 1em 0px;padding: 0px;border: 0px;font-size: 14px;line-height: inherit;font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;vertical-align: baseline;color: #000000″>Because the rail infrastructure as a whole has reached the limit of its capacity, a commission was formed to give advise on how to accelerate the infrastructural improvements, which published it findings in a report end of last year. Michael Theurer, who headed the commission, is pleased with the announced measures of the coalition, especially the allocation of revenue from truck tolls to the rails. “This brings us a great deal closer to the goal of a functional, punctual and customer-friendly railway. We are now faced with the common challenge of ensuring that these funds are used efficiently and in a targeted manner as part of an overall strategy.”