Why is it necessary to expand the metro network?
Hamburg is a growing city. The population is on the rise, new homes are being built, and new jobs created. More and more people are using bus and rail services. Passenger numbers are constantly increasing. Today and in the future, Hamburg needs an attractive and high-performance public transport system to take the pressure off the roads, protect the environment and in this way to ensure that the city keeps a high quality of life.
How far has planning progressed?
The areas in need of a public transport connection were analysed in a so-called concept study carried out in 2014. Based on this, the Senate of Hamburg commissioned HOCHBAHN to do the corresponding feasibility studies. These feasibility studies show the basic transportation, operational, technical and economic feasibility of running services on these route segments. They were completed for the first construction stage of the future metro line U5 and the extension of the metro line U4 in spring of 2016.
Using innovative methods the HOCHBAHN is currently involving the citizens of Hamburg in the planning process. The inhabitants thereby enhance the expertise of planners and engineers with the knowledge of the local circumstances thus helping to make the right decisions.