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With the Uetliberg railway to the Uni

In the underground of Zurich's Central station lie dormant for many secrets. One of the less well-known is directly below the old part of the Shop-Ville. Where

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With the Uetliberg railway to the Uni

In the underground of Zurich's Central station lie dormant for many secrets. One of the less well-known is directly below the old part of the Shop-Ville. Where the red trains of the SZU the direction of the Sihltal and Uetliberg and out. You do both in the same direction, because it is an underground Terminus. Nevertheless, the tracks move in the other direction. You will lose in the semi-darkness of a 80 Meter deep cave, which is reminiscent of the construction of a huge animal.

And actually: Who's peeking back over at the Perron's financial statements with the Warning, guessed dimly a massive body, lying dormant there, motionless. Only at second glance, a spare is clear, what it is: a locomotive.

Unexpected new variant

Now it may seem absurd to turn to one of the most important hubs in the country place for a little-used store room, hall. So it was planned. The track stub originally had a different function and could therefore be the solution to one of the unsolved Zurich transport problems. The railway journalist Jürg Lüthard remembered, as he realized what civil engineering head Richard Wolff (AL) told in a conference with the major renovation of the Zurich University quarter.

Wolff outlined adjoins an unexpected new variant, as you might in the future, thousands of additional commuters up there carry: with a mini metro, a kind of underground Polybahn, the University, ETH and the University hospital to the Central station and the train station Stadelhofen.

These Considerations were in the right direction, Lüthard, alone with escalators and longer Trams, the expected people were not cope with the quantities. But you do not need to reinvent the wheel. "It exists in the approach a excellent way to deal with the traffic problems in the University district," he says.

Lüthard says the track stub under the Shop-Ville. He propagated the idea to extend the railroad to the high school district. To do this, you would have to drill the Tunnel, under the river Limmat – exactly as it is intended once was. Lüthard reminded that the hall of SZU-Terminus has already been realized in the construction of the Shop Ville at the end of the sixties, as a preparatory action for a future U-Bahn. It was designed so that the tracks cross the river and then in the direction Milchbuck. But then buried the people of Zurich in may 1973, in a vote, the metro plans.

variants, which would have to "check"

with the construction of the S-Bahn network in the eighties, you remembered back to the underground hall. It has now been converted to extend the SZU from the train station Selnau to the main station. Here, the direction of the Limmat waste was buried in soil so that the tracks are now horizontal. "Could be but undone," says Lüthard. The crossing of the river is technically demanding, but with the deer digging - and the Weinberg tunnel on the SBB, you had been already realized twice.

According to the railway journalists something else for this solution: Since the operation of the Uetliberg car route already today, fierce climbs, would be the same also in the case of an extension direction of the high school district. However, the new train station is under the University hospital would lie to, so that he would have to be accessible by escalator. "It is clear that this would not be an effective solution," says Lüthard. "But you would be future-oriented and have potential." The line could later extend, on the one hand in the direction of Irchel, Bucheggplatz and Hönggerberg, on the other hand, in the direction of Fällanden and Maur. "All of these visions may seem like utopia, but you should check closer."

Enough space

At the SZU and the SBB, it means to request that the old documents for the Tunnel were tangible. It is conceivable, however, that in the underground there would be enough space, such in the deer moat and wine, the mountain tunnel pass. The professionals of the city and the Canton, which deal with the development of the high school district not to comment Lüthards proposal. They are employed in order to evaluate the different possibilities. By the end of 2019, they want to present the results. Only this much is known: The SZU-Station and the partial Tunnel also play with the idea of a mini metro will have a Central role.


Created: 30.01.2019, 19:15 PM

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