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(Germany )HAMBURG-U4

Hamburg
Hamburg public transport is mostly based on U-Bahn (typhical Deutch metro system) and S-Bahn (suburban raiways with high frequencies) networks.
The first U-Bahn section to be opened was Rathaus-Barmbek (part of the current U3 line) in 1912, followed (1915) by Kellinghusenstrasse-Ohlsdorf (part of U1), Schlump-Hellkamp (U2; the last terminal - located between Oster and Lutterothstrasse- was abandoned years later) and Hauptbahnhof-Rothenburgsort (which has been subsequently included in the S-Bahn network). Other sections were added in 1934: Ohlsdorf-Ochsenzoll ("Langenhorner Bahn") and Kellinghusenstrasse-Jungfernstieg ("KellJung-Linie") now both part of the current U1, Barmbek-Grosshansdorf/Ohlstedt ("Walddörferbahn") now included in U2 and U1 tracks. The whole network was heavly damaged during the second world war (Hauptbahnhof-Rothenburgsort section interrupted its operations). The subsequent reconstruction was followed by further extensions of the current U1 (1960: Messberg-Hauptbahnhof; 1962: Hauptbahnhof-Wandsbek Markt; 1963: Wandsbek Markt-Wandsbek Gartenstadt) and U2 (1962: Billstedt-Lutterothstrasse; 1966: Lutterothstrasse-Hagenbecks Tierpark; 1967: Berliner Tor-Horner Rennbahn-Legienstrasse; 1969: Legienstrasse-Billstedt; 1970: Billstedt-Merkenstrasse). The direct connection to the city center was assured by the development of new segments, as Schlump-Berliner Tor section (U3, 1968), Schlump-Gansemarkt (U2, 1970) and Gansemarkt-Jungfernstieg (U2, 1973). Years '80s and '90 s brought the current newtork asset, with new stretches of U2 (1983: Hagenbecks Tierpark-Niendorf Markt, extended up to Niendorf Nord in 1991), U3 (1990: Merkenstrasse-Mummelmannsberg) and U1 (1996: Garstedt-Norderstedt Mitte).
Since 2007 works are going on for the costruction of the fourth line (U4), which has been planned during years '70s; many alternatives were considered during the long period before the beginning of the works for the final solution. U4 track will connect the docks area (HafenCity) to the city center, joining U2 at Jungfernstieg and running parallel U2 up to Billstedter, via Hauptbahnhof and Berliner Tor. Another U3 extension is expected in the next future, consisting in another branch starting from Barmbek (besides the existing Barmbek-WandsBek Gartenstadt section) in order to join Steilshoop and Bramfeld (with a grade separated crossing solution).
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description uptaded on Jan 29th, 2011

map created on Jan 29th, 2011 (© 2005-2014 Ing. M. Tarozzi)

CountryGermany
LineU4
InhabitantsCity 1.700.000, District 2.500.000
Date opening2011
Future development:--
Length (km)4.0
Track sectionstotally underground (bored tunnel: 2.8 km; cut&cover: 1.2 km)
Stops11, average distance m 400
Platforms--
Platform doors--
general characteristicslength 125 m, width --
n. of vehicles27
n. of cars per vehicle12
Typesteel wheels
Vehicle dimensions (m)length 120 - width 2.61
Vehicle capacity (pax)672 (288 seated)
Frequency 1'/5'
Current/Voltage 750 V DC (third rail)
Guide/gauge standard gauge rails (1435 mm)
Speed Km/hComm --, Max 80
Accel./Decel. (m/sec2)--
System capacity20.000 pphpd
Ridership35.000 pax/day
Total cost298 M Euro
Staff--
System builderBOMBARDIER-ALSTOM
ModelDT5
NOTEDT5 rolling stock shared with U3
option for further 40 vehicles
technical data uptaded on Jan 29th, 2011