(DB Netz / euroluftbild.de)
(Berlin, December 6, 2018) In three days, the timetable change on December 9, is one of the biggest construction project of Deutsche Bahn in Berlin finished. Of them were convinced today Dr. Richard Lutz, CEO of Deutsche Bahn AG, Christian Gaebler, head of the Berlin Senate Chancellery, and Ines Jesse, State Secretary of the Brandenburg Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning.
Dr. Richard Lutz:
“It’s done! For our passengers the construction period was a long dry spell, and I thank everyone for the strong nerves. But the wait was worth it. I am pleased that we have created with the completely renewed Ostkreuz a truly modern transport hub. That was a Herculean task for the builders, because was not built on a greenfield site but under the rolling wheel. And with a station that is with a daily 1,500 train stops, the No. 1 in Germany. ”
“The State of Berlin is pleased that the German railway heavily involved with the expansion and renovation of the railway infrastructure in Berlin. It was a particular challenge, especially because of the long construction during operation for all concerned. Now arise for the passengers after years of limitations very good interchanges with short distances and above all accessible. ”
“The way is clear: We want to bring more trains on the tracks and create more services. The better integration of commuter trains and regional trains at Ostkreuz is the next step. Newly another regional platform, which enables the Eastern Railway RB is to let it end 26 over Berlin -Lichtenberg out at Ostkreuz. The holding of other regional trains from the country complete the offer. So the Ostkreuz has become an attractive transfer point for commuters from Brandenburg. “
The passengers of the Berlin S-Bahn benefit twice from now back four tracks between Ostkreuz and Ostbahnhof: It more trains and the increased capacity in the network promises an improved punctuality.From the pure S-train station to the Rail StationBefore starting work in 2006, the Ostkreuz was a pure S-Bahn station. Now eight lines of regional transport links are here next seven S-Bahn lines. Two additional new regional platforms the trains of the so-called Eastern Railway can first leave from Ostkreuz from 9 December. They started to date in Berlin-Lichtenberg. Thus it is now, among other things to Strausberg in the Märkische Switzerland and Kostrzyn (Küstrin).
As before, there are direct connections with regional trains, for example, to Frankfurt (Oder), Potsdam, Brandenburg (Havel), Magdeburg, Wittenberg, Schwerin, Wismar, Lübbenau Cottbus, Dessau, Eberswalde and Templin.
The barrier-free station scores with short distances and fast transfers. The new “direction operation” keep the trains of all lines of the S-Bahn inbound and outbound express always at the same platform.
Construction project of superlatives
The project Ostkreuz was a project of superlatives: Since 2006, the station was twelve years for around 500 million euros “under rolling wheel” completely rebuilt. In that time there were 50 different construction stages. This was a mammoth task for the construction work.
Ostkreuz is the No. 1 with more than 1,500 train stops daily. Among the approximately 5,700 railway stations in Germany. More than 123,000 import, export and transfer passengers use the largest public transport hub of Berlin daily.
Despite the complete rebuilding of existing since 1882 Station historical details have been preserved, such as the water tower of 1912. Restored the old pedestrian bridge and the former building of the supervisors on the platforms D and E. There also comply with the supports of the platform roofs to the historical model ,
Next there now still goes on Ostkreuz with the forecourts, the reconstruction of the historic station building at the output
Sunday road and the tram, which will hold in the near future at Ostkreuz.
Sunday DB invites 12 to 18 watch at a station festival.
The five most important improvements for passengers
• The station is completely barrier-free
• regional train stops for all directions
• Short distances during transfers
• Better orientation and information
• More features of the S-Bahn between Ostkreuz and Warschauer Straße
Facts and figures on Ostkreuz
• 1500 train stops per day (regional transport and suburban trains)
• 123,000 on-off and transfer passengers per day
• 3 platforms for the train and 4 Regional platforms
• 12 elevators and 15 escalators
• 2006: Start of preparatory construction measures
• 2009: New regional platform (track 13/14) on the circle line
• 2012: New Ring platform for the S-Bahn (track 11/12) with Bahnsteighalle
• 2014: commissioning platform D (track 5/6), Ostkreuz is barrier-free
• 2015: RB 12, RB 24 and RB 25 hold the first time in Ostkreuz
• 2017: commissioning platform E (track 3/4); Commissioning electronic interlocking of the train; RE 1, 2, 7, RB 14 stop at the lower Regional platform (track 1/2)
• 2018: New regional platforms (tracks 7/8) to go into operation, complex is fully completed
Note to editors: The project can be found on the Internet at https://bauprojekte.deutschebahn.com/p/berlin-ostkreuz
“We celebrate the New Ostkreuz”
Program Platform Party on Sunday, 09/12/2018, 12 to 18h