in the face of more and more passengers it could be on the big transit stations in Germany according to the assessment of the transport associations, soon to close. There will be more space had to be created, says the chief Executive of the Association for the support of the regional railway transport (BAG-SPNV), Frank Zerban. At the latest when the planned “Germany clock” coming in, it would take passengers short and sufficiently dimensioned paths for quick Change trains.

In heavily frequented railway stations should be “as short-term measures, kiosks and vending machines on railway the the From get be removed, and Require to hinder. There are already many platforms are too narrow for the amount of passengers.” Also: “passenger information, should not be installed directly at the end of stairways or escalators, because the traveler jamming in there otherwise.”

The German railway gives the tag needs a . You have the capacity of the stations, but longer in sight, said a company spokesman.

The Federal government is seeking, according to the coalition agreement until the year 2030, twice as many Rail passengers, the last of them – the representative of the Federal Association of the carriers of the reminiscent of rail passenger transport. Already, from 2002 to 2016, the number of passengers had increased by 46 percent. “is The average value,” says Frank Zerban. “In the Metropolitan areas the increase was even greater.”

For heavily-used stations a specific analysis of the traffic flows is “” needed: “Where are the passengers, where are you going, where your paths cross?” It should not, however, remain at a Status quo approach. Also future Changes, such as the so-called Germany, the clock would have to be included.

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Including a roadmap is to be understood model trains at key interchange stations at the same time to arrive, and then return to exit. Long connection times of half an hour and more to give it then. As a destination brand for the closer integration of local and long – distance transport has called on the Federal government to the year 2030.

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“The Germany clock will come step by step, with each change of timetable, there will be improvements,” said Zerban. “If the nodes are not realized expansion plans, especially in Cologne, Frankfurt and Hamburg, will give it a significant boost.” After the analysis was to examine where additional access points are needed. “The planning must begin in good time, because such projects take years.” The example of the Hamburg main train station, is to be rebuilt by 2030.

The railway is in the conversion of the railway stations different challenges. In the case of new buildings such as the main railway stations in Berlin and Stuttgart you can pay greater Travelers has to be planned, the spokesman said. It is a matter of historical buildings such as the Hamburg main station, try it only once, create scope for more routes to . Attachments were not often realize is difficult, because the land round mostly belonged to the railway.

A way to use the existing space better, is also the coordination of incoming and outgoing trains , so that not at the same time, two trains, passengers get off. The Germany clock could lead, then, if a total of more trains were on their way to a better distribution of the passenger flows, and low peak load of the stations.


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