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Arbitration processes for the Rastatt Tunnel ongoing

Following the damage in the east tunnel of the Rastatt tunnel, preparations to reconstruct the tunnel have been underway since March 2018. At the same time, the mediation proceedings agreed between DB Group and ARGE Tunnel Rastatt are ongoing to clarify the cause of the damage during tunnel boring and thus who is responsible. A team of technical and legal experts is charged with investigating the causes and drafting a settlement proposal. However, the process is taking longer as further investigations are needed to clarify the causes of the damage. As a result, an extensive boring program was carried out, among other measures. The arbitration processes is still ongoing.

DB Netz AG concluded an agreement with ARGE Tunnel Rastatt on August 16, 2018 regarding further expansion of the undamaged west tunnel. In this agreement, both parties waived their right to terminate the agreement until the end of 2019 and it was determined that two possible paths to continue the work should be technically planned.