The modernization of freight transport by rail in Germany would be funded with an additional 30 million euros per year until the end of 2024, the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has announced.
The funds would be available to all competitors in the fields of digitalization, automation and modern vehicle technology, according to the ministry.
Because rail freight transport consisted of a large extent of traffic between Germany and its neighboring countries, the realization of cross-border projects was also included in the funding directive by the ministry.
In order to establish freight transport by rail “as the heart of an environmentally friendly and sustainable” freight transport system, a comprehensive modernization of the system was necessary, it said.
“We want to transfer more freight transport from road to rail,” said German Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Andreas Scheuer. “And we want to support the economy in the coronavirus crisis with investments.