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Berlin and Brandenburg : Vast investment program for the railway transport

30 years after the unification of Berlin and Brandenburg want to attract at last the pace in the Expansion of the railway. A massive investment program has been created, it's called "i2030". Massive deficits are mainly on seven routes – and, of course, in the case of the S-Bahn. The countries have finally recognized that the city will grow out into the surrounding area. 300 000 people currently commute, day in and day out. The complaints about Packed trains are already noisy. Now was signed for the reactivation of the Heather track to the North-East of Berlin, a first contract. 2023 back to trains and finally also the märkisches Viertel in Reinickendorf staking alone there are 40 000 people live. But this is only a project. There is more to it, it is a question of billions. An Overview.


The delays and outages plagued Berlin to the Expansion of the S-Bahn naturally interested in the most. Even 30 years after the turn of the network is not the Stand before the wall was built. Everywhere there are shortages. The trains between the two capital cities of Berlin and Potsdam, is to leave the Wannsee on a Track. The clock can not be increased, therefore, delays are transmitted immediately to the opposite direction. This year, after all, a 700-Meter-long "meeting section is to be" with two tracks in Babelsberg done. A relief, that's all. 40 each of the Spots includes the project "i2030", similar bottlenecks around the world, there are many external routes. It is intended to be a new S-train station at Kamenzer Damm in Lankwitz, be tested for line construction, such as from Wartenberg to Karow cross (by the way, an idea from GDR times), and to the falkenhagener feld in Berlin Spandau, in the North, according to Velten, and in the South to Rangsdorf.

After the decision of Siemens to invest group, 600 million euros in Siemens city is also the reactivation of the 1980 decommissioned Siemens train on the wish list. This could be extended with two additional stations to the water-city Spandau, where new housing for 30 000 people. "We can't send them all to the next BVG bus stop," says Spandau's Baustadtrat Frank Bewig, CDU. He calls in the daily mirror Interview, a quick decision from the Senate.

Henning village / Velten / Kremmen

we Look to the North: by 2030, demand is set to increase on this route to a huge 24 per cent – the single track is now working to full capacity. Currently, the Prignitz-Express drives around to Neuruppin is a nonsensical wide arc around Berlin to Falkensee, Berlin. The old direct route from Hennigsdorf to Gesundbrunnen has not yet been rebuilt. Second idea: The city of Velten – there are many involved, many Berlin – like the S-Bahn, as already before the war. In 1998 the S-Bahn was extended from Berlin to Hennigsdorf, also only a single track. If now S is expanded Bahn or regional train or a mixed form, is open. It was decided that between Kremmen and Neuruppin Half-hour intervals. However, even this additional "crossing stations are needed," in which the trains may meet.

Heather Bahn

Sounds cute, but is extremely important: This route is part of the low Barnim railway, in short: NEB. You campaigned for the reactivation of your trunk range, which comes from the North, the great märkisches Viertel and an industrial area in Pankow, binds, and in the long term to Berlin-Gesundbrunnen. Here is decided, and The trains will roll with a speed of 80 at least at hourly intervals from 2023 between Basdorf and S-Bahn station Wilhelmsruh. Cost: 20 Million Euros. At the earliest, 2028, the trains, the NEB could go up to Gesundbrunnen, this would make rail much more attractive. It is conceivable that the trains with hydrogen, instead of conventional Diesel. The technology is currently being tested in lower Saxony in the passenger operation.

Spandau / Falkensee / Nauen

The traffic in the West is at the Limit: passengers stand up day in and day out in the regional trains on the feet. Since 1990 (!) is talking about the S-Bahn, for years, the countries are discussing should be developed, such as the distance to the surrounding countryside. Brandenburg wanted more lanes on a regional, Berlin, an extension of the S-Bahn. Result: It happened – nothing. Trains from Falkensee and Nauen are already crowded, and the demand is expected to rise by more than 20 percent. The S-Bahn to Berlin Albrechtshof, to Falkensee-finkenkrug, or even to Nauen extended. Or there are tracks laid for the more regional trains. Problem is: The railway station Spandau is a very tight needle's eye – he is much to small. As the idea of a S-Bahn circulating branch to the Falkensee Chaussee, to finally get the big settlement. The people waiting there as in MV for an eternity on the web.

Königs Wusterhausen / Cottbus

The regional trains to the South-East – Bingo! – fully. And slowly. The passenger will double in numbers by 2030. For this purpose, the railway station Königs Wusterhausen has to be completely rebuilt, the trains obstruct each other. In addition, there are between Lübbenau and Cottbus is still 29 km, which are only single track. Result: constant delays, because the trains must wait for each other to move forward. After all, The planning for the second Track is completed. It is the price for the repair of the track after 2010 on the second Track were abandoned.

city railway (East-West)

we Come to the most important line of the Region: The demand on the line RE1 is expected to rise by 2030, about 60 percent of the trains are already between Brandenburg (Havel) and Frankfurt (Or) crowded. To be able to longer trains to use, need to be extended in Brandenburg many platforms. More trains, is not easy, because of the cross-drive through Berlin is already tight.

Blankenfelde / Rangsdorf

From 1940 to 1961 the S-Bahn fleet in the South to Rangsdorf – this extension is now being reviewed again. The large commercial area in Dahlewitz Rolls-Royce is not yet connected. Currently, many employees of the aircraft to turbine manufacturer with the wheel to the blank field and get in the S-Bahn. According to the forecast, the number of passengers in the direction of Rangsdorf is expected to increase by 2030 by nearly 50 percent. As an Alternative, an additional regional rail stops at Rolls Royce, is also conceivable.

main line (South West)

As the city railway is full, there are for the decades-disused "Trunk line" from Zehlendorf to Potsdam a real perspective. You could connect the South Zehlendorfs, but also Kleinmachnow and the commercial area in Dreilinden to Potsdam and Berlin. In addition, the S could be extended for a train from Teltow Stadt to Stahnsdorf. On air photos it is good to see how the route is kept a little longer-free – for 80 years.

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