On 2 March 1994 the Federal Cabinet voted in favour of the construction of a magnetic levitation (maglev) link between Hamburg and Berlin. Following many years of research and development, maglev technology now seems ready for application: contact-free suspension, guidance and propulsion for a fast guided system of transport. In the particular case selected for application, the 100 metre-long maglev train should cover the 284 kilometre distance in just one hour. Building the line in the Hamburg and Berlin urban areas will pose problems but appears, nevertheless, to be feasible. Given the expected high volumes of traffic, it will be very important to ensure good connections with other transport modes in the terminuses at either end of the line. The official planning procedures for the project are well in hand. It is to be funded by the Federal Government in conjunction with industry. Further research should provide greater insight into the rate of return of the project as a basis for the decisions still to be made. (A)

  • Authors:
    • JAENSCH, E
  • Publication Date: 1994


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  • Accession Number: 00668797
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 16 1994 12:00AM