21. July 2016
Improving Germany’s infrastructure
Germany’s infrastructure is vital to its economic success. The quality of its roads and airports, rail and port infrastructure, and the country’s logistics infrastructure makes Germany a perfect location for industrial businesses.
However, the demands on improving Germany’s infrastructure are increasing. Without sufficient investments, Germany risks losing an important locational advantage.
To address this issue, the Bavarian Industry Association (vbw) hosted a conference on July 7, 2016. Experts from politics and business came together in Munich to discuss the growth opportunities of forward-looking infrastructure planning.
Bertram Brossardt, the vbw’s Chief Executive Officer, said that Germany’s transport policy needs to take into account growing traffic volumes as well as economic and demographic developments. He emphasized that a modern industry hub like Bavaria needs a comprehensive transport system which connects all regions and modes of transport in the best possible way.
At the event, Federal Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt presented the new Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030 (FTIP) which defines the roads, railways and waterways where the Federal Government's investments will flow in the next decades.
Dobrindt said that the Federal Government plans to invest 264.5 billion euros to modernize and interlink the transport infrastructure and step up mobility in Germany until 2030. By investing 70 percent in structural maintenance, the FTIP follows one of the key recommendations of the vbw to focus on renewal more then on new projects. It sets clear priorities, eliminates traffic bottlenecks and ensures broad public investment.
The importance of strengthening the German infrastructure system was also underlined by
- Klaus-Dieter Josel, Corporate Representative for the Free State of Bavaria, Deutsche Bahn AG,
- Martin Staats, President of the Federal Association of German Inland Waterway Transport,
- Hans Ach, Vice President of the Bavarian State Association for Road Haulage and Logistics and
- Dr. Brian Rampp, Head of Government Affairs, AUDI AG.
The vbw’s position paper on the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030 (in German) can be downloaded here .
Dr. Peter Pfleger
Umwelt, Verkehr, Verbaucherschutz, Rohstoffe