05-26-2020

Niederrheinbahn railway to Kamp-Lintfort has started operations




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The shuttle service on the former colliery railway line started on May 16, 2020 just in time for the State Garden Show. On weekends, trains are now running every hour between Duisburg and the new Kamp-Lintfort-Süd stop. This is the first time that Kamp-Lintfort will be served by scheduled passenger trains. In a construction period of about six weeks, the more than seven-kilometer long line between Moers-Rheinkamp was renovated and a new platform was built on Kattenstraße in Kamp-Lintfort- Süd.

The start of shuttle service is a first milestone on the path to regular operation. Starting in 2026, the NordWestBahn RE 44 line will run from Bottrop to the Kamp-Lintfort city center. The state of North Rhine-Westphalia is contributing more than EUR 12 million to the construction of an electronic interlocking system; VRR is also funding line rehabilitation and new construction as well as the track curve in Rheinkamp. The infrastructure project is being implemented by Niederrheinbahn GmbH. The City of Kamp-Lintfort founded the company in 2019 jointly with Düren-based R.A.T.H. group as a strategic partner. Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek advised the city on the project design and supported the negotiations with R.A.T.H. group.

“With the coming regular operation, Kamp-Lintfort, currently still the third largest city without its own rail connection, will finally be directly connected to the Ruhr area,” said Ute Jasper, Team Leader at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek. “The start of the shuttle service to the State Horticultural Show was a tour de force that could only be accomplished through the constructive and determined cooperation of the city and its strategic partner,” emphasized Kirstin van de Sande, responsible for public procurement law and contract negotiations in the proceedings.

Together with Hendrik Wüst, Minister of Transport of the State of NRW, Moers Mayor Christoph Fleischhauer, District Administrator Dr. Ansgar Müller, Gabriele Matz from the Rhine-Ruhr Transport Association, Peter Ulmer, Regional Manager Lower Rhine/Ruhr of NordWestBahn, Herbert Häner from Niederrheinbahn GmbH, and University President Dr. Oliver Locker-Grütjen, the Mayor of Kamp-Lintfort, Prof. Dr. Christoph Landscheidt, welcomed the first passengers on the new platform:

The “Public Sector & Public Procurement” department has been one of the market leaders in public procurement law for years. Its lawyers hold top spots in German and international lawyer rankings. Since 1991, they have advised on awards, restructuring, large-scale projects, and cooperations in the public sector and have accompanied several hundred large-scale projects of federal, state, and local authorities and their subsidiaries with a total volume in excess of EUR 40 billion without any procedure having been successfully challenged to date.

Dr. Ute Jasper is one of the most renowned lawyers for procurement and infrastructure projects in the public sector. She advises federal and state ministries, municipalities, and businesses, particularly on innovative and complex projects. Ute Jasper is a Partner at the law firm of Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek and heads its “Public Sector & Public Procurement” department. For years, she has been ranked number 1 in Public Procurement Law in JUVE’s Handbook of Commercial Law Firms and according to “Law Firms in Germany,” is the “premier contact on the market” for infrastructure. In October 2016, she received the JUVE Award for Regulated Industries with her team.

Kirstin van de Sande, Partner, is a member of the “Public Sector & Public Procurement” practice group with a focus on designing and implementing complex public procurement procedures.

Dr. Florian Brombach specializes in corporate law and M&A. He advises large and medium-sized companies from various industries, start-ups, associations, and public sector clients on corporate (cross-border) acquisitions and sales as well as on general issues of corporate law and reorganizations.

Image source: City of Kamp-Lintfort, https://www.kamp-lintfort.de/de/pressemitteilungen/minister-und-buergermeister-begruessen-die-erste-fahrt-der-nordwestbahn-nach-kamp-lintfort/
The traction unit of NordWestBahn on the track of Niederrheinbahn next to Haarbeckstraße:
Image source: Jens Niering for NRZ, 
https://www.nrz.de/staedte/moers-und-umland/kamp-lintfort-niederheinbahn-kann-ab-16-mai-durchstarten-id229066131.html   

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