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HOCHBAHN Annual Report 2015

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We link up Hamburg | Management | Management Report | Annual Financial Statements | Further Information With the Innovation Line, the HOCHBAHN and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg are sending a clear message that the future lies with clean-exhaust public transport and at the same time reduced noise emission levels. In 2016, it is planned not only to stabilise the reliability level of the vehicles and infrastructure components operated so far but also to add a further propulsion technology to the vehicle mix. This involves pure battery powered buses. In addition to this, the HOCHBAHN is constantly updating its knowledge base concerning the reliability and energy consumption of the alternative drive buses. To do this, the HOCHBAHN monitors the operational characteristics on an ongoing basis in order to compare them both between the different innovative vehicle technologies as well as with conventional buses. For this reason it is also necessary to run conventional buses on the line from time to time so that reference data can be gathered. Bus optimisation The Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg has the goal to make the bus system in Hamburg one of the most modern bus transport systems in Europe by the end of the decade. Alongside the project sponsor BWVI (Hamburg Department for Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation) together with LSBG (Hamburg State Agency for Roads, Bridges and Waterways), the Hamburger Hochbahn AG is a vital participant in the project as user of the infrastructure. The “bus optimisation programme” involves all the activities along the routes and at the stops which are to be implemented in the short and medium term. The objective is to achieve enhanced service capability (capacity) on the MetroBus lines, already operating at the limits of their capacity, while at the same time increasing the speed and reliability of bus services. Further steps towards building up a system of modern bus services will be the offering of improved services, barrier-free access almost everywhere as well as the use of new propulsion technologies in the vehicles. After the HOCHBAHN completed work on the MetroBus line 5 in 2014, the main focus in 2015 was on implementing the measures for the MetroBus 7. All work on this line was completed in time for the change of timetable in December 2015. The result: journey time in the rush hour was reduced by three minutes in both directions. In all, the HOCHBAHN has equipped 13 sets of traffic lights with an intelligent system for regulating the sequence of lights and giving priority to buses, thus increasing efficiency, extended major intersections (e.g. Neue Wöhr) to improve traffic performance, and modernised 23 stops and converted them for barrier-free access. In 2016, it is planned to cut another minute off the journey time in each direction by further optimising the regulation of the traffic lights. On top of this, the HOCHBAHN had already completed some of the construction work on the route of the MetroBus line 6 (Mühlenkamp, Lange Reihe) during 2015. After activities started on the MetroBus lines 20 and 25 in 2015, some measures were already completed here as well (at U-Bahn Burgstraße and the stops in Martinistraße). 32

Annual Report 2015 For 2016, the MetroBus line 6 and the MetroBus lines 20 and 25 continue to be the main focus of activities. The planning process here will be accompanied by increasing scope for citizen participation concerning some major parts of the project (e.g. U-Bahn Borgweg, Max -Brauer -Allee, Eppendorfer Marktplatz). Most of the measures planned along the route of the MetroBus line 6 are due to be finished (including Papenhuder Straße, U-Bahn St. Pauli, the General Hospital St. Georg). Final completion is scheduled for 2017. U-Bahn network expansion The main thrust in the city’s vision for the future of public transport in Hamburg is the expansion of the existing rapid transport network. The HOCHBAHN has been entrusted with the planning and implementation of construction work for the measures affecting the U-Bahn. In a concept study completed at the end of 2014 a series of appropriate practical measures were defined in this context: • New building of a station at Oldenfelde on the U1 line • Extension of the U4 as far as Kleiner Grasbrook • Extension of the U4 to Horner Geest • Construction of a new U5 line from Bramfeld to Osdorfer Born (in various sections) At the request of the Hamburg Senate and Parliament, in-depth studies for these sections of track measures were to be initiated in 2015 and the planning of their financing beyond 2015 was to be ensured. Various planning stages need to be completed in succession, from the feasibility study to approval and implementation planning. Including the approval process, several years will be required for each of these. The HOCHBAHN already began the preliminary and design planning as well as the approval planning for the new building of the station at Oldenfelde in 2014 and 2015. This planning process was accompanied by two meetings with citizen participation. In this way it was possible to incorporate suggestions from the participants into the planning. The planning is financed by means of a grant from the City of Hamburg in the amount of € 800,000 from regionalisation funds. The planning permission hearings are due to start in summer of 2016. Construction is planned to commence in 2018. The construction costs are also planned to be financed out of regionalisation funds. The precondition for this is a formal decision by the Senate and Parliament, which is planned to be made before the end of 2016. The HOCHBAHN carried out feasibility studies in 2015 both for the extension of the U4 to Kleiner Grasbrook as well as to Horner Geest and for the first phase of construction on the new U-Bahn line U5 linking Bramfeld and the City Nord. These projects were financed in each case by grants from the City of Hamburg in the amount of € 800,000 out of regionalisation funds. The findings of both studies confirmed the feasibility of the routing and station installations in each case and pointed out important aspects which need to be taken account of in the further planning. 33

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