Munich’s second core S-Bahn route
The Munich S-Bahn system is one of Germany’s largest suburban rail networks. With 148 stations, 442 kilometres of tracks and approximately 1,000 train journeys a day, the network extends far into the city's hinterland, connecting the Bavarian capital with the entire region. Originally designed to carry some 250,000 passengers every working day, far more than 800,000 people make use of Munich's S-Bahn today.
During peak travel times, every two minutes an S-Bahn train travels through the tunnel in one direction.
The metro area of Munich is a fast growing region in Germany. The continuous development of the public transport system is therefore an urgent need. To upgrade the S-Bahn system and to reduce the traffic burden on the existing core line, two new tracks will be built parallel to it between the stations of Laim in the west of the city and Leuchtenbergring in the east, covering a total of about 10 kilometres. The core of the new east-west connection is a 7-kilometre tunnel linking Munich's main station Hauptbahnhof with the eastern hub Ostbahnhof.
The new core route will serve just three stations, thereby making journey times significantly shorter. Its path is crossed by several U-Bahn lines, so these stations will be located about 40 metres underground.