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Light rail projects approved in Germany [free access]

June 22, 2020

The local governments of Essen, Berlin, and Bremen have approved new light rail projects. The Senate of Berlin has approved Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe’s (BVG) plans for a new extension of Line M2, spanning 4.1 km from Am Wasserturm in Pankow-Heinersdorf to Blankenburg S-Bahn station in the northeast of the city, covering eight stops, with a turning loop at Blankenburg station.The line is expected to cost around EUR60 million and is designed to serve the Blankenburg South area. Construction is expected to commence in 2024 and is planned to be completed within two years if the planning work is completed as scheduled.


The construction and transport committee of Essen has approved a project to develop an at-grade light rail line spanning 5 km from Bergmühle to Stadtmitte depot, via the city centre and Essen Main station. Eight stops for the line have been approved, and another two are being reviewed. The line is expected to cost EUR89 million. The planning and approval for the line is expected to be completed in December 2022, with construction beginning in 2023. The line is expected to commence operation in May 2025.


The city government of Bremen has approved EUR88 million financing for the new extension of Line 1 from the current terminus at Huchting Roland-Center to a new terminus in Mittelshuchting, covering six stations. The 3.6-km new line will use a mixture of on-street alignment and 1 km of the disused Bremen–Thedinghauser Eisenbahn (BTE) line from Kirchhuchting to Leeste and Weyhe. The line will commence operations in 2024. The planning approval for the extension of Line 8 has been received. It will use the converted BTE section and a 12-km line along a rebuilt BTE right-of-way. The line will serve Stuhr and Weyhe in Lower Saxony. The timeline for construction of the Line 8 extension is yet to be announced.


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