Development of business units

Markets and strategy

Demand in passenger and freight transport has increased significantly over the last few years and has led to a higher in­­tensity of use of the track infrastructure. In the coming years, we expect growth in demand for freight transport and a significantly increased traffic volume in passenger transport, and therefore a further increase in capacity requirements, supported by measures such as increasing regionalization funds, service expansions in passenger transport and the partial subsidizing of train-path prices in freight transport.

By developing infrastructure in line with customer and market requirements, we want to enable the entire rail transport sector to take advantage of growth potential. The Strong Rail strategy incorporates DB Netze Track’s strategic topics. DB Netze Track is intending to create the infrastructural and operational requirements for the implementation of a strong rail system as a capacity manager. The objectives are to expand network capacity, to digitalize, and to improve the use of capacity. DB Netze Track is also striving for the continuous renovation of the existing network and an in­crease in the performance capability of the organization. In or­­der to achieve the objectives, DB Netze Track’s strategy com-prises the three strategic areas of the Strong Rail strategy:

  • More robustBy expanding the infrastructure in line with demand (new construction and expansion projects) and implementing DSDDB Netze Track aims to increase network capacity in order to eliminate existing bottlenecks and provide the capacity needed to expand services. There is a focus on increasing the quality of the existing network. The aim of this is to improve the facilities’ quality and profitability. In addition to infrastructural measures, we are striving to establish a new control philosophy as part of capacity management, which focuses on utilization of capacity. To this end, DB Netze Track has launched several projects and initiatives to develop the conditions for better capacity management. These capacity assessment tools allow capacity to be made visible. In addition to the planned expansion and new construction of infrastructure, DB Netze Track focuses on levers for increasing capacity, such as the more efficient use of track closures during construction activities or the avoidance of overloading usable capacities. 1 Infrastructure upgrade To the Strong Rail strategy 2 Digitale Schiene Deutschland To the Strong Rail strategy 3 Network capacity managementNetwork capacity management To the Strong Rail strategy To overcome the challenges of the future, DB Netze Track recruits and qualifies appropriately skilled employees in a targeted way. 5 100,000 employees To the Strong Rail strategy
  • More powerfulDB Netze Track is implementing measures such as lean excellence to form a basis for powerful and stable processes and to create as efficient an organization as possible. The reorganization of DB Netz AG took effect in 2020. 8 Strong admin To the Strong Rail strategy 9 Stable processes To the Strong Rail strategy
  • More modernDB Netze Track performs supporting tasks for the Germany in sync and European corridors building blocks. 11 Germany in sync To the Strong Rail strategy 12 Focus on growth segments To the Strong Rail strategy


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