We plan to continue this positive trend in the long term through the implementation of our new strategy. Three areas of development have been identified: more robust, more powerful and more modern.
- We want to become more robust and aim towards growth in passenger and freight transport within the scope of our new strategy. The required extensive expansion of our capacity is a key element in this strategy. Among other things, we are therefore investing billions into our infrastructure and new trains and are set to hire 100,000
new employees over the next few years. More trains, more train-paths and more employees will enable us to transport significantly more passengers and freight while also providing higher quality.
- We will also implement structural changes, in particular to achieve a high and sustainable level of performance. We will become more powerful by simplifying our organization. This will make us more customer-focused and help us to work more efficiently with our employees. We also plan to simplify processes and create clear responsibilities.
- Last but not least, we are becoming more modern by increasing the pace of innovation for our customers – including the introduction of Germany in sync (Deutschland-Takt), stronger networking and smarter services. By 2030, we will provide direct connections between about 30 large German cities which will run twice an hour. Using digital technologies, we will make it easy to switch between modes of transport and increase the attractiveness of our products. With the expansion of our activities in the area of new mobility (for example ioki, CleverShuttle and Mobimeo) we offer services that extend rail services basically to the front door of our customers and complement public transport connections in a useful way.
We have identified five key topics for each of the three areas of development. These are our building blocks. The central criterion for the selection of the building blocks is their significance across all business units to achieve our goal of a strong rail system. In total, this results in 15 building blocks relevant to DB Group. Within the scope of the strategy, they are supplemented by building blocks specific to each business unit.