First phase of Jungfernstieg's conversion ends successfully

First measurements indicate 75 per cent less traffic - boost for life in downtown Hamburg
24 November 2020
Jungfernstieg beleuchtet

Festive Christmas lights on the redesigned Jungfernstieg were switched on this Monday (November 23, 2020) now that the first phase of its refurbishment, underway since mid-October, has ended successfully. The area will remain largely car-free during the Christmas season making Jungfernstieg even more liveable and attractive for residents. ​​

Raising standard of living in city centre

"The first phase of redesigning Jungfernstieg has gone well. Motor vehicle traffic has been cut by around 75 per cent, and has in turn reduced the number of disputes with pedestrians," said Anjes Tjarks, Senator for Transport and Mobility Transition. This has led to a significant reduction in traffic congestion and a noticeable, simultaneous improvement in the quality of the environment and air. The temporary redevelopment of the Jungfernstieg is the "first part of an action concept for the city centre," said Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Senator for Urban Development and Housing, adding: "We want to strengthen the city centre in the same way, so that it remains vibrant beyond business hours.

Preparations for second phase 

The first phase saw the road closed to motorized private traffic and the cycle path was relocated. Preparations are now underway for the second and final phase scheduled to start in spring 2022. Residents can become involved in this phase by going online. Apart from the senate's plans, the Chamber of Commerce will also present plans to improve the functionality of the city centre as part of its "Hamburg 2040" project, according to Norbert Aust, President of the Chamber of Commerce Hamburg.
 The number of permanent vehicles on Jungfernstieg has decreased by some 75 per cent over 2018. All-day buses and taxis and delivery services between 9 p.m. and 11 a.m. are still allowed there.