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Bilfinger Berger to build high-speed rail tunnel in Germany

Bilfinger Berger has been commissioned by Deutsche Bahn to lead a consortium for the construction of three tunnels with a total length of around 10km, as part of a new high-speed ICE rail line in Thuringia, central Germany.

At the centre of the 290 million euro project is the 7.5km Silberberg Tunnel, as part of a new 100km rail line between the Bavarian town of Ebensfeld and Erfurt, the state capital of Thuringia. The tunnel’s will include eight emergency exits, no more than 1,000m apart, which lead outside through a gallery running parallel to the tunnel.

The joint venture led by Bilfinger Berger will also build the Brandkopf and Lohmeberg tunnels, with a total length of 2.5km. These dual-track tubes will be built primarily using the drill and blast method, with some sections constructed using excavator driving.

The new Thuringia rail line is part of the German Unity Transport Project No. 8, and will significantly cut travel times between Nuremberg and Berlin.