The reconstruction of the Friesenbrücke is coming closer to realisation. At the end of 2015, this German railway bridge was hit by a freighter. No railway traffic between Groningen en Leer was possible since. At the end of last year, DB Netz AG officially applied for the start of the approval procedure with the German Federal Railways Authority (‘Eisenbahnbundesamt’, EBA) for rebuilding the bridge. Approval of EBA is required for starting the reconstruction.
This year, neighbors and stakeholders will be informed about DB’s plans for the Friesenbrücke. Responses are possible through ‘Anhörungsverfahren’: an officially stated viewpoint in writing.
The Friesenbrücke crosses the river Eems near the German town of Weener and is part of the future Wunderline-route. The Wunderline is the improved railway connection between Groningen and Bremen. According to current planning, the new Friesenbrücke will be in place by the end of 2024, enabling trains between Groningen and Leer again.
The new railway bridge will be one of the largest swing bridges in North-Western Europe, 50 meters wide. The new bridge also gives room to a 2,5 meters wide foot- and cycle path and a shoulder.
Finishing the reconstruction of the Friesenbrücke at the end of 2024 is an important milestone in building the Wunderline. This will immediately shorten the trip between Groningen and Bremen with about 20 minutes. Once the Wunderline will be completed in 2030, you will be able to travel directly from Groningen to Bremen in a little less than 2 hours. At the moment, the same trip takes you 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Further information on the Anhörungsverfahren and meetings will soon be available at https://bauprojekte.deutschebahn.com/p/friesenbruecke.