THISYEAR German Railway will spend DM1bn on modernising 27 major stations. Around 60% of the funding is expected to come from private firms, which will be encouraged to buy or lease retail space. DB plans to offer a wide range of services, with lounges, cafés and play areas. Medical services will be offered in commercial health centres, and solicitors will be among those targeted to take up sales outlets.

Stations in the programme include Bielefeld, Bochum, Bremen, Kiel, Koblenz, Mainz and Wiesbaden. o