German Railways to study high-speed southern corridor

German Railways has decided to fund and undertake a study on the high-speed southern corridor linking Mysuru, Bengaluru, Chennai and Vijayawada. The study will cover a 906 km stretch, which is expected to support trains running at speeds above 300 km per hour. The study is likely to commence in January 2017. In addition, German Railways has expressed its willingness to undertake a feasibility study on speed upgradation on existing tracts. Both parties are yet to finalise the railway corridors under this proposal. Germany has also offered its cooperation in other fields including station development and IT solutions for railway operations. Both countries have also decided to form a working group that would look into safety as a “Zero Accident Mission” for IR.