A symbolic start was made on September 18 to kick off the project that will see the Stuttgart - München main line relocated underground in Neu-Ulm. Known as Neu-Ulm 21, the scheme will see a new station built and all four tracks of the main line relocated below ground over a distance of 3·6 km. This will release 180000m2 of land for development in the city centre.

In the picture are Klaus-Dieter Josel representing DB in Bavaria, Dr Beate Merk, Mayor of Neu-Ulm, Angelika Mertens, Secretary of State in the Federal Transport Ministry, Bavarian Transport Minister Otto Wiesheu and DB Chairman Hartmut Mehdorn. All photos: R RRossberg