Development of the infrastructure
Capacity and frequency recording
To enable the anticipated growth in passenger numbers, operational and structural measures must be taken to ensure the performance capability of capacity-critical stations. Germany in sync is contributing significantly to the passenger forecast for 2040, which forms the basis for categorizing stations by capacity. The first step is to create transparency about possible bottlenecks and their causes. Video-based frequency management is being introduced in selected stations. This will generate real-time data for assessing the capacity of stations and allow passenger flows to be managed directly.
Modernization and construction of stations
- Dortmund central station is expected to provide barrier-free links between all modes of transport by 2025. The third of the eight platforms to be modernized went into operation at the end of July 2021.
- Beginning in summer 2022, all the platforms, platform roofs and some bridge structures above the passenger tunnel level will be renovated at Hanover central station. Due to the need to concentrate the construction work on the platforms to the relevant periods around the annual summer holidays, the modernization is expected to be completed in 2033.
- Construction work on the hall roof has begun at Berlin Ostbahnhof (East Station). Since May 2021, scaffolding platforms have been set up to renovate the entire roof membrane, install new skylights and renew the corrosion protection on all of the roof girders. Train traffic is largely unaffected and can continue as scheduled.
- The complete renovation of the Berlin Zoologischer Garten station is being implemented in several construction phases. In 2021, the areas of the first construction phase including the long-distance rail hall and the intermediate level to the tracks were recommissioned following renovation. Planning services are currently being carried out for further areas and construction phases. The measures in the S-Bahn (metro) hall that form part of the second construction phase will begin in mid-2022.
- In the Frankfurt am Main central station project (complete renovation of the B level and northern building), the first and second construction phases, the complete renovation of the feeder level below the station forecourt (“B level”) and the (supply) levels below, began in 2021. Another construction phase, which will include changing the guidance systems for passengers, will begin in the second quarter of 2022.