Bibratunnel  VDE8.2

German Unity Transport Project No. 8.2

Bibra Tunnel

Bibratunnel VDE8.2
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Bibratunnel VDE8.2

The Bibra tunnel is part of the German Unity Transport Project No. 8, the widening and new construction of the Nuremberg-Erfurt-Leipzig/Halle-Berlin railway line. The new line created an efficient, environmentally friendly rail connection for passengers and goods and reduced the travel time between Munich and Berlin to four hours. The construction of the new Erfurt-Leipzig/Halle railway line relieves the existing line and a travel time of 31 minutes is planned for the Erfurt-Halle section.

The tunnel tubes were built as a double-shell vault construction with an outer shell of shotcrete and an inner shell of in-situ concrete. Excavation was carried out using conventional shotcrete construction methods as used in mining. A careful tunnelling method was required to drive the shallow tunnel which has a maximum overburden of 50 m. The tunnel was not excavated over its full cross-section. Instead, an advance calotte excavation method (upper level) followed by bench and invert excavation (lower level) were used. Near the tunnel portals, so-called sonic-boom structures about 80 m long were erected separately for each tunnel tube using the cut and cover method.

Schüßler-​​​Plan also participated in the VDE 8.2 Erfurt - Leipzig/Halle extension line project.

Project Data


DB ProjektBau GmbH


Free State of Saxony-Anhalt/Thuringia

Technical Specifications

Construction method: closed
Route length: 6,466 km

Services Schüßler-Plan

Building Construction and Structural Design

  • Building construction and structural design (civil engineering and traffic facilities)
  • Sustainable building
  • Feasibility studies
  • Life cycle costing/ economic efficiency calculations

Transportation Infrastructure

  • Transportation planning
  • Traffic analysis
  • Traffic consulting
  • Traffic engineering studies
  • Transportation development concepts
  • Development planning
  • Microsimulation
  • E-mobility concepts/ public transport concepts

Project Management

  • Project control
  • Project controlling
  • Cost and schedule management

Construction Management

  • Site management
  • Construction and site supervision
  • Railway construction supervisor
  • Contract, claim and quality management
  • Abutting property owner management and PR management
  • Commissioning management
  • Health and safety coordination

Construction Logistics

  • Construction work scheduling
  • Scheduling
  • Production concepts
  • Construction site facilities and site use management
  • Supply and disposal
  • Safety concepts

Geotechnical Engineering

  • Special civil engineering
  • Soil analysis and foundation consulting
  • Soil mechanics, earthwork and soil engeneering
  • Subsoil investigations
  • Soil mechanics laboratory tests
  • Earth engineering control tests

Environmental Planning and Surveying

Bibratunnel VDE8.2


VDE 8.2


VDE 8.2
VDE 8.2

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