Deutsche Bahn has a fundamental ambition: to shift more traffic to the rails – for the climate, for the people, for the economy and for Europe. The new overarching strategy, Powerful Rail, will now provide a larger framework that makes clear what DB Group stands for and what direction it will take in the future.
The ten core messages of the new strategy at a glance:
1. Germany's climate targets can only be met with Powerful Rail.
No other mode of transport is as eco-friendly or as strong in electric mobility. If we want to meet Germany's climate targets, traffic needs to be shifted to rail on a massive scale. That's why Deutsche Bahn is making an additional significant contribution to reducing CO2: Although DB Group had originally planned to achieve 100% of traction current from green sources by 2050, it will reach this goal already in 2038.
2. Powerful Rail focuses on DB Group's core business.
The Powerful Rail strategy and its implementation serve to guide DB Group into the future. DB Group will consistently assess its shareholdings based on their contribution to Powerful Rail. As such, DB Schenker is viewed as providing key support to DB Cargo on its path to profitable growth. DB Arriva has little strategic relevance to building a strong rail network and should thus be sold.
3. Long distance transport will double its patronage.
DB Group's long distance transport will double its number of passengers to over 260 million per year. This will take an enormous amount of effort, but the addition of more direct connections and more frequent trains will help to meet this goal. When it is implemented, over 30 major cities will enjoy twice-hourly connections between cities in Germany.
4. DB Group will add one billion new regional and local passengers.
DB Group plans to add over one billion regional and local rail passengers by strengthening its local rail services and integrating new forms of mobility. To reach this goal, it will also be introducing smart services for transport in cities and particularly in rural regions.
5. DB Cargo will raise its volume sold in Germany by 70%.
The goal for DB Cargo is clear: to increase volume sold in German rail freight transport by 70%, for example by purchasing more than 300 new locomotives. DB Cargo still has a long and arduous period ahead to achieve this turnaround. However, DB Group is determined that DB Cargo will make a contribution to climate protection, specifically by increasing its market share in rail freight transport from the current 18% to 25% in a growing market. DB Group is also working with policymakers to find an economically viable, sustainable solution for single freight car transport, for example by investing in modernization and making it easier for customers to access the rail network.
6. DB Group will work with the German Government to expand rail network capacity by 30%.
To be able to handle the growth in passenger and freight transport, DB Group will add 350 million train-path kilometers (train-path km), a 30% increase in capacity, to the German rail network. This will be achieved by upgrading the system, utilizing technological innovation and digitalization, and through more efficient use of existing capacity. Capacity-friendly construction will play a key role here.
7. DB Group will enter a new era with Digital Rail for Germany.
The kick-off packet of DB Group's Digital Rail for Germany program will help to enter the digital era in rail operations. This represents a technological quantum leap and will improve capacity, quality, reliability and efficiency.
8. DB Group's stations will become hubs for state-of-the-art mobility.
Stations will be hubs of multimodal mobility and the center of life in the city. The goal is to double station capacity to host up to 40 million guests a day and to create seamless transitions between rail travel and travel by bike or bus or using new mobility services (carsharing, e-scooters, etc.).
9. DB Group will hire 100,000 new employees in the coming years.
DB Group is hiring at a time when most major companies are reducing their headcounts, and doing so on a massive scale. Over the next few years, some 100,000 employees will need to be recruited, trained and integrated for DB Group to reach its ambitious goals.
10. DB Group will have more trains and offer more connections than ever before.
DB Group is aiming to raise seating capacity in passenger transport by up to 100% by bringing the total number of trains in its long-distance fleet up to 600, with a focus on investing in new high-speed trains. In addition, seven million more people, and therefore some 80% of the German population in total, will have access to the long-distance network. This major jump in access will be achieved by linking more small and medium-sized cities with connections at least once every two hours. DB Group will also work with the client bodies to modernize nearly 1,000 trains in regional and local transport, enabling them to transport up to 12% more passengers.