With 40 million euros from the Corona economic stimulus package, the federal government wants to refresh almost 170 train stations across Germany. The money will primarily benefit small craft businesses that are commissioned to renovate the train stations, said Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU).
Accordingly, more comfortable waiting areas, more barrier-free access and new information systems are to be created at the train stations. "The winners are our medium-sized businesses and rail customers," said Scheuer. According to the Infrastructure Board Member of Deutsche Bahn, Ronald Pofalla, the tendering phase should be kept short. "The craft businesses can get started right away," he said.
The 40 million euros are still only a fraction of what Scheuer had hoped for. In mid-June he spoke of 160 million euros for the modernization and renovation of 380 train stations. In the economic stimulus package, the coalition had decided that Deutsche Bahn should receive an additional five billion euros in equity to invest in "modernization, expansion and electrification of the rail network and the rail system", in other words primarily for the network and the ailing bridges. Specifically, a budget of 86 billion euros is planned for the next ten years to reduce the huge investment backlog.