North Hesse (Nordhessen in German) lies at the centre of Germany, at the crossroads of many national road and rail links. With Frankfurt a major centre in the southern part of the federal state or Land of Hesse, maintaining and growing the economic competitiveness of the northern part of the state is important. Good transport links are central to this.
Germany has been a leader in tram-train operations, whereby infrastructure and rolling stock allow for through running between heavy rail and urban light rail systems. Building on the success of tram-train technology pioneered in Karlsruhe, North Hesse’s central city, Kassel, has developed the RegioTram (RT) network, which connects the city’s tram network to the mainline railway.