Hamburg’s Senate has agreed a comprehensive package of measures with transport companies to significantly expand services offered by buses and trains, a press release said Tuesday (July 3, 2018). The measures will be implemented when timetable changes take effect in December. Passengers can expect more comfort, flexible connections and more space. The extended capacities should ensure more stabile operations and reliable buses and trains.
More space, connections and flexibility
The expansion marks the end of the short subway trains. In future, the U1, U2 and U3 will be on the rails during the day and in the evening. Trains of at least 80-metres in length will run on the U4 when the timetable changes in December 2018. The range of buses will also be significantly expanded. Instead of purchasing standard buses as originally planned, Hamburger Hochbahn will deploy 90 large-capacity buses with 125 seats. These buses offer 20 per cent more passenger capacity and will run on the metro bus lines 5, 6, 7 and 13. The S-Bahn Hamburg is also expanding services on all routes with additional trains and closer intervals in rush-hour traffic.
Significant increase in capacities
Commenting on the measures, Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, said: “More and more people in Hamburg are travelling by bus and train. That’s why I have agreed a package of measures with Hamburger Verkehrsbetriebe to expand the range and service for passengers at short notice. That means longer trains, new lines, larger buses and closer intervals. As a result, capacities in rush-hour traffic will increase by 20 to 30 per cent. We are investing around EUR 19 million in the expansion. The growing number of passengers confirms the senate’s transport policy of consistently expanding and strengthening local public transport. We are creating an attractive offer for Hamburg’s citizens, which relieves roads and ensures less noise and cleaner air in Hamburg.”
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