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Hamburg to Expand Public Transport by New Underground Line

Future U5 will connect Bramfeld and Osdorfer Born to the city centre. Works to start by 2020. Additional stations for U4

The Hamburg Senate has taken a further step towards the integration of Bramfeld and Steilshoop to the existing metro network. Focal point of the expansion plans is the new underground line 5, which will run from Bramfeld in Hamburg’s north-east past downtown to Osdorfer Born in Hamburg’s west.

Public transport is an important component of environmentally friendly mobility

First Mayor Olaf Scholz says: “Modern cities must provide comfortable, reliable and environmentally friendly mobility. The expansion of the rail-based public transport plays a special role. In the expansion of U- and S-Bahn, the future metro line 5 is making a decisive contribution to an attractive mobility services in Hamburg. Frank Horch, Hamburg Minister of the Economy, Transport, and Innovation, emphasises: “Thousands of local will gain direct access to the city centre by the new underground line. In particular, in the highly populated areas of Steilshoop and Osdorfer Born, the train strengthen the attractiveness of these neighbourhoods.” Günter Elste, CEO HOCHBAHN, states: “With the expansion of the underground network, we ensure mobility for future generations. Hamburg’s underground lines provide an efficient transport system, which can be expanded with considerable little impact on the environment during construction.”

Planned routes

For the new metro line U5, there are two routes in discussion. In the northern variant, U5 would travel from Bramfeld to Steilshoop and City North or Barmbek, before passing Winterhude, Uhlenhorst, Grindelviertel and University of Hamburg before reaching Lokstedt, Lurup, and Osdorfer Born, with a link to Stellingen also regarded as an option.In the so-called centre variant, U5 would pass Eimsbuettel before travelling on to the new railway station at Altona-Diebsteich and past Bahrenfeld before reaching Osdorfer Born . The southern variant was discarded in the concept study in order to avoid “cannibalisation” by the rapid rail services of S-Bahn.

h2. New stops for existing lines

In addition, Hamburg’s existing subway lines are to be expanded. The U1 will be furnished with an additional station between Farmsen and Berne at Oldenfelde, which could still be realised in this decade.
In the case of a successful Olympic bid Hamburg, the U4 will be extended to the Olympic Village, with an extension up to Wilhelmsburg and Kirchdorf Süd as an option. In easterly direction, U4 will be extended by two additional stops at Stoltenstraße and Horner Geest / Dannerallee until 2024. If necessary, also the U2 could be extended to Lohbrügge and Bergedorf in the long term.

The next steps

For the U4 extensions to Horner Geest and Kleiner Grasbrook, the Hamburg Ministry of the Economy, Transport, and Innovation commissioned a feasibility due to be presented next spring.
For the first phase of the U5 that will connect Bramfeld and Steilshoop to the existing metro network, a feasibility study will be commissioned in early 2015, with other sections to follow in the course of 2015 and 2016. For the stop Oldenfelde, feasibility study has already been conducted and completed. There, plans have already reached the stage of preliminary design, design and approval planning. Construction of first sections and stations is scheduled to start by 2020, with full implementation of all extensions envisaged for 2040.
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