Planning the future with foresight

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Article: Planning the future with foresight

About 51,000 employees are responsible for operation and maintenance of Europe’s largest rail network.

DB Netz AG is the railway infrastructure manager of Deutsche Bahn AG. With around 51,000 employees, it is responsible for the approximately 33,300 kilometre long rail network, including all operationally necessary installations. An average of 50,000 trains are using DB Netz AG’s infrastructure per day. Thus DB Netz AG was able to generate revenues in the 2021 business year of EUR 6,152m.

The main task is to make available to the around 450 RUs a high–quality, high-availability and non-discriminatory infrastructure and to manage the operation of said infrastructure. This includes the compilation of timetables in close cooperation with our customers and the repair and maintenance of the rail network. In addition, investment in the existing network, in modern command and control technology and in plans for building new lines and upgrading old ones ensures the further development of the rail infrastructure.

DB Netz AG in figures for the 2021 business year:


Total operating performance (in m train-path kilometres)


Number of employees


Length of line operated (in km)


Length of all track (in km)


Switches and crossings


Level crossings


Tunnels (number/ length in km)

745 / 594,7

Railway bridges and viaducts


Signal boxes (of which electronic signal boxes)

3.842 (1433)

(Source: Deutsche Bahn AG, annual report, as at March 2020) 

The DB Group has been publishing the Annual Reports of its individual companies, which were founded within the scope of the second stage of the Rail Reform, in German since 2001. These are the year-end financial statements of the individual companies concerned.

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