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LOGSOL @ Groundbreaking ceremony for structural change: construction of new railroad plant in Cottbus begins

First hall and 500 jobs to be created by 2024 - ICE trains can be serviced faster than in any other plant - One of the largest projects for structural strengthening in Lusatia

 

As an expert in logistics, LOGSOL is very proud to be a partner of the novel cooperation model within the innovative large-scale project.

 

Deutsche Bahn (DB) has started the construction of the new railroad plant in Cottbus. Today's groundbreaking ceremony marks the construction of the first of what will later be two factory halls. In this hall, the first ICE 4 trains will already be maintained in two years. On the construction site, 500 red balloons made the layout of the new workshop visible. They also symbolized the first 500 new jobs and apprenticeships that will be created here by 2024.

 

 

The project is one of the first and most significant projects for structural strengthening in the Lusatia coal region. Together with the federal government and the state of Brandenburg, DB is supporting the transformation and creating new, high-quality industrial jobs. After completion of the second factory hall in 2026, there will be a total of 1,200 new jobs. In the process, DB is relying fully on digitalization and automation: Cottbus will become DB's most modern maintenance plant.

 

Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor: "The construction of the new rail plant in Cottbus shows how structural change can succeed. Such innovation projects not only create good jobs - they also bring new economic strength and future viability to the entire region."

 

As part of the Group's "Strong Rail" strategy, DB is continuously expanding its ICE fleet. By the end of the decade, around 450 ICE trains are expected to be on the rails. By 2024 alone, the number of ICE 4s will grow from just under 100 at present to 137 vehicles. More trains require more maintenance capacity. The new plant in Cottbus makes an important contribution to this and ensures that the trains get back on the track quickly and more people can travel in climate-friendly comfort.

 

Visualization of the new plant

The new factory halls are being built on the site in front of the existing DB location in Cottbus. The first hall has two tracks and is 445 meters long; the other hall will have four tracks and be 570 meters long. This will make it DB's first facility for heavy maintenance of ICE 4 trains. This will involve partial dismantling of the trains and replacement of heavy components such as bogies.

 

The special feature of the workshops: The 374-meter-long XXL-ICE with 13 cars and 918 seats can also enter in full length. Of the shorter ICEs, two trains, each around 200 meters long and each with seven cars, fit one behind the other on the tracks. This means that employees can work on all the cars at the same time, which speeds up train maintenance. The overhaul of an ICE 4 with all the necessary work steps is expected to take less than two weeks in the new plant. Until now, such an overhaul on an ICE has taken up to five weeks.

 

New: Raised tracks provide ergonomic workplaces in the workshops, where employees can easily work on side flaps and wheelsets. Bogie changers specially developed by DB have been inserted into the hall floor. This allows employees to move the bogies out sideways for further processing without heavy lifting. The components can also be changed much more quickly, which is why the trains have to be in the factory for a much shorter time than usual and can be back in service for customers more quickly.

 

Investments of one billion euros are planned on the basis of the Coal Regions Investment Act. With this law, the federal and state governments are helping regions affected by the coal phase-out in Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and North Rhine-Westphalia to create sustainable jobs and new economic structures.

 

 

 

 

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