// Rhomberg Bahntechnik and Swietelsky Bau Joint Venture connects Ulm and Wendlingen

Design, construction and commissioning of the high-speed track across the Swabian Alb: Austrian railway specialists win contract for the Deutsche Bahn´s major project.

Bregenz/Linz/Stuttgart, 12th of January 2018 – The Rhomberg Bahntechnik GmbH and Swietelsky Baugesellschaft m.b.H. were awarded the contract for rail track and systems of the new rail link from Wendlingen to Ulm. Jointly, the Vorarlberg based major project business of the Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group and the railway construction division of the construction group Swietelsky from Upper Austria are responsible for the design, construction and commissioning of a section of the “rail project Stuttgart-Ulm” with a length of around 60 kilometres.

Part of the contract worth around 250 million Euros is first and foremost the construction of nearly 118 kilometres slab track, 60 kilometres of which in tunnels, and 16 switches as well as the construction of 50-Hz low voltage systems, telecommunications and traction power supply. On top of that, 2.500 kilometres of cables will be installed, the mechanical equipment with ventilation systems, technical rooms and signage are taken on as well as the installation of 78 kilometres LED-handrail. The venture is part of the „rail project Stuttgart-Ulm” and will nearly half the commuting time from Ulm to Stuttgart from 54 minutes now to 28 minutes. By doing so, high speed trains will reach a top speed of 250km/h.

The project is split into two lots. The first lot includes the area in the “Albvorland” from Wendlingen to the Alb ascent between Weilheim and Hohenstadt, the second lot the Alb plateau from Widderstall to the Alb descent to Ulm. Start of the major contract, which is estimated to take 30 months, is the design phase from February 2018, building starts from 2019. During the construction phase the joint venture, where Rhomberg takes the technical and Swietelsky the commercial lead, is also responsible for the overall coordination including the coordination of signalling and overhead line installation as well as overall project logistics and construction site safety.

“We are really proud to be able to contribute to the success of this important infrastructure project“, Garry Thür, Managing Director Rhomberg Bahntechnik and CEO International of the Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group, explains. “We are particularly pleased to have convinced with innovative ideas, an economical approach and top-quality reference projects”. Equally happy is Managing Director Peter Gal, responsible for railway construction at Swietelsky: “By bundling the expertise and the experience of Swietelsky and Rhomberg, we have managed to create a powerful team, which will deliver the task cost and time efficient as well as to the customers fullest satisfaction.”

Legend: Route map of the new rail link Wendlingen–Ulm. On the 60-kilometre-long track, the syndicate installs nearly 118 kilometres of solid track, 60km of which are tunnels and 16 switches.  

About the Rhomberg Bahntechnik
In the rail sector the Rhomberg Group, together with the Rhomberg Bahntechnik, offers the comprehensive range of services of a total contractor. This includes planning and project management, commercial and mechanical track construction, planning, construction and maintenance of highly efficient railway routes especially in the areas of solid track, site logistics, electrical equipment as well as the installation of rail bound noise protection elements.

As part of the Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group the Rhomberg Bahntechnik is a part of Europe´s most comprehensive railway technology corporation. The Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group employs 2.109 members of staff (as per 31st of March 2017). In the financial year 2016/2017 the group generated a turnover of 436 million Euros in 8 countries on three continents.

Further information: www.rhombergrail.com.

Press contact:
Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group
Mariahilfstraße 29, A-6900 Bregenz
Contact: Matthias Moosbrugger
T: +43 5574 403-2195, F: +43 5574 403-2003
E-Mail: matthias.moosbrugger(at)rhomberg-sersa.com

About the Swietelsky Baugesellschaft m.b.H.
Founded 1936 by Dipl.-Ing. Hellmuth Swietelsky, the Swietelsky-group as a family business is a leading enterprise in the Austrian construction industry. The activities cover all stages of the building trade.

From road- to rail construction to tunnel- and special civil engineering up to structural engineering projects, more than 10.000 employees share the Swietelsky philosophy. 1.600 of these employees work in the rail construction division. As a railway construction specialist, the group with more than 70 years continuous experience, its own railway transport company and state-of-the-art machinery establishes the infrastructure of contemporary railway- and subway construction-projects in Europe and Australia.

In the financial year 2016/17, Swietelsky reached a construction performance of 2,023 billion Euros. However, expansion was and is not the aim, but the continuous prosperity of the company.

Further information about the group you can find on: www.swietelsky.com.

Press contact:
Swietelsky Baugesellschaft m.b.H.
Edlbacherstraße 10, A-4020 Linz
Contact: Mag. Milijana Petkovic
T: +43 732 6971-7850, M: +43 664 289 71 22
E-Mail: milijana.petkovic(at)swietelsky.at