Halle (Saale) railway hub

Halle Junction

  • Halle (Saale) railway hub
    Halle (Saale) main station, construction works view from the east
  • Halle (Saale) railway hub
    Halle (Saale) railway hub, train formation facility
  • Halle (Saale) railway hub
    Birkhahnweg railway bridge
  • Halle (Saale) railway hub
    Birkhahnweg subway
  • Halle (Saale) railway hub
    Kanenaer Weg railway bridge
  • Halle (Saale) railway hub
    Delitzscher Straße railway bridge
  • Halle (Saale) railway hub
    B6 railway bridge
  • Halle (Saale) railway hub
  • Halle (Saale) railway hub
    B100 overcrossing
  • Halle (Saale) railway hub
    Overview construction area, Halle main station

The project

The upgrade of the Halle hub will provide efficient rail infrastructure which will make the entire region accessible by the trains of the future. The Halle hub extends for about nine kilometres within the town. The new Erfurt – Halle/Leipzig line (VDE [German Unity Transport Project] 8. 2) will enter the hub from the south and the upgraded Halle/Leipzig – Berlin line (VDE 8. 3) from the north. The whole project is intended to further enhance the strategic importance of the hub and of Halle's principal station to the state of Saxony-Anhalt as a transitional point between long-distance and regional traffic.

The objective is to cut journey times by increasing the speed of arriving, departing and non-stop trains. The upgrade will make the Halle hub even more important. Halle will be served by the Munich – Berlin high-speed line by 2017.

The platforms at Halle (Saale) Hauptbahnhof are being rebuilt to accommodate the upgraded track layout, the standard rail lengths ordered and the prospective use. The upgraded track layout is the reason for platform reconstruction. 
The future-oriented infrastructure and the simplification of the track layout will ultimately contribute to cutting the maintenance outlay for the structural and technical installations. The project will also comply with the latest European standards, the TSI standards, which are legally-binding technical regulations, issued by the European Commission. They apply to rail traffic across Europe, in order to secure interoperability, i.e. a consistently-operated railway system. They cover platforms, energy, train control and train safety, amongst other things.

Facts and figures

  • Section length: 9 km
  • Track: 50 km
  • Points: ca. 200 Stück
  • Flyover: Line 6350, km 1,807: approximate length 86 m
  • Reconstruction/upgrading of civil engineering works: 9
  • Track 318 retaining wall: 72 m
  • Retaining wall at the Birkhahnweg railway bridge: 172 m
  • ESTW: 6 new installations
  • Sectioning points: 1 new installation
  • Substations: 2 new installations
  • Remote control systems: 2 Stück
  • Platforms: Modification due to track layout redesign
  • Design speed: 80/100 bis 160 km/h
  • Commissioning of northern
    connection to train formation facility:
  • Commissioning of southern
    and eastern connections to train formation facility:
  • Commissioning of VDE 8 through connection: 2017


Bridges in the Halle (Saale) railway hub

The planned alterations to the track layout within the Halle hub entail changes to existing and new civil engineering works. These measures are necessary in order to upgrade Halle to the efficiency level of the incoming, upgraded and new lines, maintaining and enhancing the high transport and strategic importance of Halle (Saale) station and its constituent parts.

Facts and figures

  • Birkhahnweg railway bridge: approx. 60 m
  • Birkhahnweg subway: approx. 35 m
  • Kanenaer Weg railway bridge: approx. 10 m
  • Delitzscher Straße railway bridge: approx. 25 m
  • B6 railway bridge: approx. 30 m
  • Overpass: approx. 86 m
  • B100 overcrossing: approx. 35 m


More Information: DB Netz AG


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Successful project collaboration with EPLASS:

Since EPLASS is already being successfully used for all the single projects of the German Unity Project No.8, it will also be used for the project organization of this subproject.

To facilitate the complex construction management in a central system, the project participants decided to work with the internet based project collaboration platform EPLASS. All processes are easily accessible for all project participants at any time and any place. Everything from the correspondence, to the construction reports, structural analysis, check reports and claims are organized, reviewed and archived within EPLASS. The project participants consists of the above named joint venture, the German Railway (DB AG), external designers, checking engineers, geotechnical engineers and the building inspection. The federal railway authority is also involved in this project.