Today, Monday, July 22, work will start on the escalators at Frankfurt's main station, which will be renewed after 15 years of continuous operation. And that is no easy undertaking, especially with the high volume of passengers during the holiday season. After all, 50,000 passengers use the S-Bahn station Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof (low) every day. There is no respite for the eight escalators leading to the station. They have to work hard from dawn to dusk, and that naturally leaves its mark. After around 15 years of continuous use, the time has therefore now come for them to be renewed by Deutsche Bahn.
In the next few weeks, it will first be the turn of two of the four escalators leading from the B level to S-Bahn tracks 101 and 102 in the underground level. The stairs will be dismantled and replaced. The new escalators were specially manufactured for their use in Frankfurt. They each weigh around 13 tons and are 24 meters long. In order to be able to transport them, they will be dismantled into four individual parts and delivered to the station at night by a special construction train. The dismantling and removal of the discarded escalators will also take place at night and over the tracks.
During the reconstruction, one escalator in each direction will be available to passengers travelling on the S-Bahn towards the city centre or alighting from there at the main station. The work will begin on Monday, July 22, and is expected to take around seven weeks.
The remaining six escalators to and from the S-Bahn tracks at Frankfurt Central Station will also be renewed by the beginning of 2020. Deutsche Bahn is investing a total of 2.4 million euros in this.