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Central German Metropolitan Region (project partner 04)

The Central German Metropolitan Region (CGMR) is an alliance of eleven cities in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. Together with the Capital region Berlin-Brandenburg, it represents the only Metropolitan region in Eastern Germany. This common undertaking is held together by a shared commitment to innovation in a time of change. Recognizing the present course of social and economic change as a unique opportunity, 20 years after the reunification of Germany, the start of European integration and the onset of deindustrialization, the region has recognized its own strengths in change and renewal.
The Central German Metropolitan Region is located at the interface of western and eastern Europe, which provides it with an important role in the exchange of knowledge, information and goods within the extended European Union. The Central German Metropolitan Region is one of Europe's most dynamic economic regions and as a global competitior it has a lot to offer as a place to do business.

Mobility is one of the key topics of the twenty-first century, and the significance of logistics as a growth industry and decisive locational factor is correspondingly great. Because of its central geographical situation within Europe and attractiveness as a business location CGMR can play an especially positive role in this development. Key factors in reinforcing this profile as an international logistics hub are the efficient processing of globalised goods flows combined with the development of environmentally-friendly mobility concepts and structures in local public transport facilities.

Located in the heart of Europe, the Central German Metropolitan Region is easy to reach via road, rail, air and water. On the border to Eastern Europe, it plays a vital role in the transfer of knowledge, information and goods. The city of Dresden is the official project partner of RAILHUC on behalf of CGMR.


Hub agglomeration „Dresden, Leipzig, Halle, Erfurt“

Dresden as a hub city constitutes the central gateway to the RAILHUC network. Both German axes (1. Berlin-Dresden; 2. Frankfurt/Main-Erfurt-Halle/Leipzig-Dresden) are extended via this hub to the neighbouring countries of Poland (Wroclaw) and the Czech Republic (Prague). An upgrade of the lines between Dresden and Wroclaw and between Dresden and Prague would provide the opportunity to bring together on a cross-border basis line upgrade and construction projects having primarily a national focus (e.g. in Germany, the upgrade of the Berlin-Dresden and Leipzig-Dresden lines and, in Poland, the construction of the new Y-line: Warsaw-Lodz-Poznan/Wroclaw). The gateway function of Dresden as a hub will benefit also cities on the TEN-T 22 axis (e.g. Athens, Sofia and Constanta) located beyond the scope of the RAILHUC network.
The upgrade to the hubs of Halle/Leipzig and Erfurt resulting from German Unification Transport Project 8 will benefit both the Central Europe (CE) region of Emilia-Romagna (Bologna) and regions further afield: Rome, Naples and Palermo with their surrounding areas. In addition, following an upgrade to the Leipzig-Dresden line, the hubs of Halle/Leipzig and Dresden will operate also as gateways linking TEN-T 1 and TEN-T 22.


Planned activities within the RAILHUC project

Within the framework of its participation as a RAILHUC Project Partner, CGMR intends to use its stakeholder bundling capacity to ensure that the problem-solving competencies of the stakeholders incorporated can be deployed as effectively as possible in the implementation of Work Packages 3 (Concepts), 4 (Options and Bottlenecks) and 5 (Hub City Priorities). 
Central to that process is the idea of hub enhancement, undertaken on the basis of the ‘hubs and spokes’ philosophy, which is intended to generate a system of intelligent ‘feeder architecture’.
Individual sub-projects will investigate the aspects as set out below:

  •  Design new organisational and funding models
  • Develop appropriate systems for seamless travel
  • Establish an architecture for service operations with a harmonised regular interval timetable
  • Devise approaches to extend integrated ticketing
  • Test new participation and lobbying strategies
  • Identify strategic roles for the three TEN-T hubs within the context of the overall system

In that context, appropriate dissemination, communication and participation techniques will be used. In addition, recourse will be had to examples of good practice.


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