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£24bn overhaul planned for Berlin roads and rail

Berlin  u bahn station alt tegel  auf bahnsteig zu gleis 2  richtung berlin frohnau  u bahn bvg baureihe f 2684 7.8.2009

A £24bn, 15-year overhaul of road and rail transport in the German capital has been revealed by the Berlin Senate.  

The Nahverkehrsplan 2019-2023 looks to pave the way for an overhaul of transport in the German capital to take place between 2020 and 2035.  

The €28bn (£24bn) spend will provide new trains and lines for the U-bahn underground system, new buses, expanding the tram network and regeneration of other transport infrastructure.  

Under the Nahverkehrsplan plans, almost 400 new carriages will be added to the U-bahn, as well as several proposed and on-going extensions to some of the lines, including extensions to the U2, U5 and U7 lines. However, plans to connect the Berlin-Brandenburg airport to the underground system remain shelved by the senate. 

The Berlin tram system, the Straßenbahn, has a total of 16 new construction projects planned until 2035 covered by the plans, adding 50km of new track to the network and 130 new trains.  

The Berlin overground, the S-bahn, is set to receive €3bn (£2.58bn) for new trains, as well as the continued development of the new S21 route, connecting Potzdamer Platz with northern Berlin. 

S-bahn train in Berlin

S-bahn train in Berlin

€1.4bn (£1.2bn) is also earmarked for the purchase of new fully electric buses to replace the city’s existing fleet and install charging infrastructure.  

German newspaper Tagesspiegel has reported that the senate has also decided to extend their contract with the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (The Berlin Transport Company, the German equivalent to Transport for London) to continue providing the cities transport, despite unpopular fare increases.  

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  • Good to see a planned expansion of the tram system. Although it's Germany's biggest, it hardly extends into the former West Berlin at all. Buses do a great job, but trams have greater capacity and are electric already without having to invent new power systems.

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