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Nijmegen-Kleve rail link feasibility, Netherlands-Germany

ProRail commissioned Mott MacDonald to carry out a feasibility study into the technical possibilities for recommissioning the old railway line between Nijmegen in the Netherlands and Kleve in Germany.

...all technical problems were able to be solved with the solutions proposed by Mott MacDonald and TTK.

This single-track non-electrified section has not been used since 1991 but is still largely intact. In the border region the line is used for rail bikes, as a tourist attraction.

Together with German agency TTK, Mott MacDonald looked at the technical possibilities for recommissioning the line with three alternative operational specifications: a tram, a tram-train, and a train (linking up with an earlier transport value analysis, calculation of operating costs and social cost-benefit analysis drawn up by the Urban Region Arnhem-Nijmegen).

  • The tram solution could be combined with existing plans of the City of Nijmegen for constructing a city tram.

  • The tram-train can be connected to a possible tram network and could drive as a train on the existing German network between Kleve and Weeze, with a new branch to Weeze Airport.

  • The train solution consists of extending the existing German diesel line from Düsseldorf via Kleve to Nijmegen.

Mott MacDonald and TTK identified the bottlenecks and provided insight into the possible solutions. Points for attention related to technical integration include the present stations, Nijmegen and Nijmegen-Heyendaal, the passage through the core of Groesbeek, and the crossing roads in Kleve. All technical problems were able to be solved with the solutions proposed by Mott MacDonald and TTK. We also assessed the construction costs for revitalising the line.

This study was carried out in the context of the European Sintropher project.

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