Train passengers in Frankfurt will have to prepare for diversions and train cancellations on Friday, 25 October, and Saturday, 26 October. Due to a necessary software update in several electronic interlockings in the railway node Frankfurt must be closed on Saturday, October 26 in the period from 2:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. all rail lines to and from the main station - including the tunnel trunk line of the S-Bahn. The trains fail during this time or end at the edge of the city area: coming from the north at Frankfurt West station, coming from the east in Offenbach-Kaiserlei, from the west in Frankfurt-HÃ¶chst and from the south in Frankfurt South. From these stations, there will be a rail replacement service with buses to Frankfurt Central Station. Subways, trams and buses are not affected by the closure, so that these can be used instead of the S-Bahn in the Frankfurt city center area on Saturday morning.
In addition, the rail line from the main station via the stadium to the airport will be completely closed from 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 25, to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 26. Here, too, buses will be used as substitute transport.
"The software update in the interlockings is necessary due to the work on various infrastructure projects in the Frankfurt node: for the expansion of the Homburger Dam in Frankfurt Gallus, at the Stadium node and for the Gateway Gardens S-Bahn connection, new control and safety technology is being installed. In order for this to go into operation, it is necessary to install new software and carry out a safety inspection," explains Gerd-Dietrich Bolte, Head of Major Projects at DB Netz AG's Central Regional Division. "We are bundling all the work together to keep the impact on passengers as low as possible. Out of consideration for the Frankfurt Marathon, the closure of Frankfurt Central Station will therefore already take place on Friday night and not on Sunday night."
Deutsche Bahn and the Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund (RMV) ask all passengers to inform themselves about the current connections before starting their journey and apologize for the unavoidable restrictions. Alternative travel options and rail replacement services are available from timetable information sites such as www.bahn.de or www.rmv.de.
Call a bike voucher
Whoever wants to use the Call a Bike bicycle service during the closure can take advantage of a special offer from RMV and S-Bahn Rhein-Main. The companies will provide travellers with a five-euro voucher. This can be redeemed on 25 or 26 October by simply entering the voucher code "RMVSBAHN" in the Call a Bike app.
In addition, in order to connect the new Gateway Gardens S-Bahn station to the existing network, the regional train station at Frankfurt Airport will have to be closed from 25 October until 14 December. However, the S-Bahns will still be running to the airport during this time. They will only stop at the Frankfurt Airport long-distance station as an alternative. The S-Bahn stations Flughafen Regionalbahnhof and Kelsterbach will not be served. Rail replacement services will be provided between the airport and Kelsterbach. You can find more info HERE