Hamburg: Planning of the new urban railway line S4

Hamburg: Planning of the new urban railway line S4

Type of solution: Infrastructure: adding
Node: Scandinavian-Mediterranean
Contact: Ministry for Economy, Transport and Innovation (BWVI)
Stakeholders involved: Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg Behörde für Wirtschaft, Verkehr und Innovation (coordinator)
Nahverkehrsverbund Schleswig-Holstein

Hamburg is an urban node located on three Core Network Corridors and is planning a new urban railway line S4. This aims to solve an existing bottleneck, which is due to the high number of trains using the line every day as well as the congested Hamburg central station.
The Global Project extends from Hamburg central station to Ahrensburg and further north to Bad Oldesloe. This specific Action concerns sections II and III and addresses their final design planning, cost-benefit analysis and project management. The Action financed under CEF concerns mainly the final design of two new rail tracks parallel to the Lübeck–Hamburg line.

Rail: connectivity as focus:

The passenger flows will be separated from the freight flows instead of increasing the capacity. “Unbundling” on the Scan-Med-Corridor: S4 will use dedicated tracks resulting in 100 regional trains per day less on the long-distance tracks. The S4 will release capacity within the Hamburg central station (15,000 passengers per day). S4 is tackling the increasing regional traffic with higher capacity (shorter intervals and more seats), better quality (larger coverage/more stations and higher reliability/less conflicts), thus making use of infrastructure more efficient.