Cell. “With the repurchase of rail infrastructure from OHE AG and transfer to a new state-owned company, both with headquarters in Celle, we are bringing back about 300 km of rail network in rural areas to state ownership. In this way we are bringing a long process to a successful end,” reports Jorn Schepelmann, CDU MP for Sailor Land.
The decision to buy back the rail infrastructure is the first step. Now it’s time to get the new company up and running and quickly address the concerns and ambiguities of employees who have been transferred regarding their collective bargaining agreement. “With a planned investment of more than €70 million in the rehabilitation and refurbishment of routes, we will take the second step – towards optimizing freight traffic in northeastern Lower Saxony for the benefit of our economy,” continues Schepelman.
For perspective, the third step should be to bring more goods back on rails and to bring local rail transport back to the villages. Appealing to the CDU leader, the CDU leader said, “With the state government, municipalities, politics and local citizens, we should start working from now so that passenger trains can run on these routes soon.”
The prerequisites for this are better than ever, as the desire and awareness of climate protection and mobility become more important in rural areas. And even the federal government has finally recognized in its ongoing revision of the benefit-cost indicator (NKI) that rural areas should be better taken into account.
“This means that new and detailed reports and evaluations of routes should have a better chance of success in the future. And I am sure of this: even more so, state-owned rehabilitated roads. So the prospects are good and we have to keep them. Must hold by your head!” concluded Schepelman.
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