Starting with the train schedule change in the night from December 12 to 13, 2020, Regiobahn commenced operations on the extended rapid transit line S28, which now runs from Kaarst via Neuss, Düsseldorf, and Mettmann all the way to Wuppertal. Five stops were added to the train line.
In recent years, Regiobahn upgraded and extended the existing freight line from Mettmann Stadtwald to Dornap-Hahnenfurth to close the gap between Mettmann and Wuppertal. It rebuilt the Hahnenfurth / Düssel stop, equipping it with a park and ride parking lot and bicycle stands. Regiobahn also built a new electronic signal box to connect its signaling technology to the Deutsche Bahn network.
Regiobahn is investing some EUR 100 million in the project. About EUR 70 million of that total is coming from subsidies from the federal government and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In a next step, Regiobahn will electrify the route network so as to use electric trains in the future.
“Extending Regiobahn is a strong signal for local transport and climate protection – all the more so if the line will be electrified in the future,” Ute Jasper, Lawyer and Team Leader at Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek, was pleased to note. “Once all planning approval decisions are available, we will get started on the invitations to bid for the new overhead contact wires that Regiobahn needs for operation with electric trains,” added Kirstin van de Sande, Lawyer and responsible for public procurement law in the procedure.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek supports Regiobahn GmbH in the numerous award procedures to expand, extend, and electrify the line and advises Regiobahn in subsidies law. Counsel: Dr. Ute Jasper (Team Leader “Public Sector & Public Procurement”), Kirstin van de Sande (Public Procurement, Subsidies), Dr. Christopher Marx (Contracts), Rebecca Dreps (Public Procurement), all Düsseldorf.
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek’s “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 where she heads the “Public Sector & Public Procurement” department. For years, she has been ranked number 1 in Public Procurement Law with her team in JUVE Handbook of Commercial Law Firms. According to “Law Firms in Germany,” she 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, lawyer and Partner since 2020, focuses on designing and implementing complex award procedures in the “Public Sector & Public Procurement” practice group. She also advises the recipients of subsidies on compliance with subsidies law and public procurement law.
Dr. Christopher Marx is a lawyer and has been a Partner in the “Public Sector & Public Procurement” practice group, Düsseldorf, since 2020. His practice focuses on advising on public procurement law and contract law relating to complex and innovative projects as well as on drafting civil law contracts.