Ostkreuz ready: DB CEO Richard Lutz visited Berlin’s largest public transport hub shortly before commissioning.(Deutsche Bahn)

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Dr. Richard Lutz: “The Herculean task is done” • • invested 500 million euros from the pure S-Bahn station on barrier-free Rail Station • More stable tracks for train operating with more trains

(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. ” 

Christian Gaebler:
“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. ” 

Ines Jesse:
“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

Ostkreuz now four tracks! S-Bahn Berlin from 9 December better go

After end of construction on the east cross the train traffic runs there over twice as many tracks ⋅ Improved offers on Ring and rail

Twice as many S-Bahn tracks make it possible: Thanks to the full commissioning of the four-track infrastructure between Ostkreuz and Ostbahnhof it’s off the timetable change on December 9 on the light rail better progress. In plain language, this means that additional trips and shorter travel times.

Specifically, the following improvements on the rail are:

S75 extension to Ostbahnhof
10-minute intervals Wartenberg – Ostbahnhof in rush hour
10-minute intervals Wartenberg – Warsaw road outside rush hour
S9 shorter journey times
2 minutes shorter travel time between the airport Schoenefeld – light rail. Reason: shorter holding time in Treptow Park
S3 / S9 clock unification
Lines run from Ostbahnhof in precise 10-minute intervals to Spandau.
S3 longer trains
Maximum train length from Monday to Friday, and from 9am to 13pm

Also on the ring, there is the timetable change an improved offer:

To strengthen on the ring the state of Berlin has ordered additional services of the lines S46 and S85 for the weekends.
S46 extension to Gesundbrunnen
At weekends and on public holidays, the S46 13-20 pm from Westend is extended to Gesundbrunnen.
S46 clock harmonization and shorter journey times
The S46 operates at the weekend by about five minutes added to the S41 / S42 (previously: 3 / 7′-clock).
The travel time is reduced by about 2 minutes through shorter holding time in Köllnische Heide
S47 clock unification and shorter journey times
Shortening of the driving time of the S47 on Saturdays and Sundays between Köllnische Heide and Herrmannstraße to 3 minutes. Reason: shorter holding time in Köllnische Heide (since 1 October in force)
S85 longer operating time
The S85 runs on weekends 80 minutes longer and thus operates as Monday-Friday until about 21:30.

The fares the way, nothing changes. A single ticket for the tariff zone AB still costs 2.80 euro (reduced rate 1.70 euros). A VBB environmental map from 81 euros, the price of the pupils monthly ticket was in August this year even reduced to 21.80 euros.

Further information about the new timetable is available on the website of the S-Bahn Berlin under sbahn.berlin.de , also mobile via App.

Inter urban

With the timetable change, the capacitance in regional traffic increased. For example, passengers of the divisions benefit RE7, RB10 and RB13 of more seats. Furthermore, the offer is improved on the rail by additional connections are established. New attention is given eg with the line RE10 evening from Cottbus to Leipzig and back. In addition, the line RB49 now also runs on weekends throughout every two hours.
For more information about the schedule change in regional traffic on the website of the Transport Association Berlin-Brandenburg VBB under www.vbb.de/search/press/fahrplan-2019-mehr-angebote-auf-der-schiene

In the long-distance Berlin / Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern benefit from improved services. With the timetable change, there are new features, more seating capacity and more frequent trips on high-demand connections. New it is once a day faster and change trains from Berlin to Vienna as an attractive travel time. With the EC, it is the future of Berlin – with a stop in Frankfurt (Oder) – in the evening to Wroclaw and overnight to Krakow. Traveling on the line 26 Binz / Stralsund-Hamburg-Hannover-Frankfurt-Karlsruhe can also look forward T-vehicles comfortable ICE.

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