In the course of Chancellor Dr Merkel’s visit to the country, agreements were signed in Beijing with the aim of expanding projects in the rail sector.
Speaking in Beijing, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Deutsche Bahn, Dr. Rüdiger Grube said: “The People’s Republic of China is an important market for us and will remain so in future. In view of the plans to invest more than €300 billion in transport infrastructure, we wish to benefit from the growth and potential in China. Our expertise is in high demand and our successful international activities also strengthen our position in our home market of Germany.”
Two Memoranda of Understanding were signed, one of which was with the Chinese rolling stock manufacturer CRRC (China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation) confirming continuation of the parties’ cooperation in the establishment and optimisation of a maintenance system for high-speed multiple units and the provision of mutual support in remedying operating problems related to wheel-on-rail contact. CR operates an approx. 19,000-km long high-speed network with a fleet of 1,400 trains. DB will provide maintenance and repair support for the company.
“There is a second project of which I am particularly proud: Our experts from DB Engineering & Consulting are the first foreigners to work on a regional transport project in China. As part of a consortium, they have a consultancy contract for the operation of regional transport routes in Dalian, a city with a population of 6 million,” said Dr. Grube.