We have already told you several times over the past few years that Deutsche Bahn (DB) is planning to build a new long-distance rail tunnel in Frankfurt. The goal is to significantly relieve congestion on the busy tracks at the Frankfurt rail hub. At the same time, according to Deutsche Bahn, the tunnel would ensure the capacity increase of around 20 percent required for the Deutschlandtakt. This will allow significantly more trains to call at the main station, as most long-distance trains will stop in the additional underground station. This will also benefit local traffic in the Rhine-Main region. The construction time of the long-distance rail tunnel is about ten years.
After a study confirmed the feasibility of the underground structure some time ago, concrete planning has now begun on the part of DB. In order to involve politicians, associations, local advisory councils and other interest groups at an early stage, to inform them about the current planning status and to answer questions, DB invited them to an initial information event at the beginning of this week. This is the start of the dialog that will accompany the entire process for the construction of the long-distance rail tunnel.
At the event, the project team provided information in particular once again about the traffic impact of the tunnel and its role in the overall concept for resolving the bottlenecks in the rail network in the Rhine-Main region and the Deutschlandtakt. It also presented which optimizations are planned in the vicinity of Frankfurt South Station and in the track apron of the main station. These so-called above-ground measures include, for example, the installation of several additional switches and the construction of an additional platform at Südbahnhof. New switches and signals will be installed in the track apron of the main station. The main station will also receive an additional platform 25. Also on the agenda was the "master plan" for the conversion of Frankfurt's main station, which is already under construction and is closely linked to the plans for the new long-distance rail tunnel.
"Transparency is a top priority in the planning of our projects right from the start. Of course, this also applies to the long-distance rail tunnel," says Gerd-Dietrich Bolte, who is responsible for infrastructure projects in Hesse at DB. "We provide information at an early stage and take on board suggestions, comments and ideas. The best way to do this is through personal dialog, for which we kicked off today in Frankfurt. Our goal: to plan in a comprehensible and understandable way and thus achieve the necessary acceptance. The long-distance rail tunnel is a project that will benefit climate-friendly rail in the Frankfurt hub and throughout Germany in the future. We want to implement this extremely important project quickly and successfully."
DB communicates event dates and news about the project on the project website at www.fernbahntunnel-frankfurt.de. There, interested parties can also sign up for the Infomail, which automatically notifies them of new developments.