Rapid-transit railway RheinNeckar

rapid-transit railway RheinNeckar
traffic group traffic group Rhine Neckar
lines 4
overall length about 240 km
of critical points 65
enterprise by motor coach ET425

the rapid-transit railway RheinNeckar went as new backbone in the rail suburban traffic of the compression chamber Rhine Neckar to 14. December 2003 in enterprise.

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lines the route network of the new rapid-transit railway system with a length of 240 km the Lands of the Federal RepublicRhineland-Palatinate, Baden-Wuerttemberg as well as course-moderately only the part of Hessen attainable from bathing around Neckarsteinach and deer horn. The driven tractive power amounts to about 6 million Zugkilometer per year. 65 stations are served of the series 425,2 on the following lines by 40 new electrical impulse courses:

Line distance
S1 Kaiserslautern - Neustadt/W. - Boat operator city - Ludwigshafen - Mannheim - Heidelberg - Eberbach - MOS brook - Osterburken
S2 Kaiserslautern - Neustadt/W. - Boat operator city - Ludwigshafen - Mannheim - Heidelberg - Eberbach - MOS brook
S3 Speyer - boat operator city - Ludwigshafen - Mannheim - Heidelberg - Bruchsal - Karlsruhe
S4 Speyer - boat operator city - Ludwigshafen - Mannheim - Heidelberg - Bruchsal

line S3 is integrated with their number in the Karlsruher metropolitan railway system. Lines S2 and S4 operate on weekend on side of Baden only to Heidelberg and can turn into thereby rotatingmoderately into one another. In times, to thosethe demand substantially of the capacity of a during the day usual traction deviates, in the occupation as in late traffic, traction winged and the passenger in one at the ahead-driving vehicle according to differentiated travel blip about it is thus informed.


a course of the line S1 at the critical point Mannheim marshalling yard
Rhein-Neckar-S-Bahn in Neustadt
Rhine Neckar S course in new city
new rapid-transit railway critical point LU - center

as last larger densely populated area in Germany received the Rhine-Neckar area to rapid-transit railway - system - planning lasted due to the necessary co-ordination between the Lands of the Federal Republic Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hessen and Rhineland-Palatinate decades.

After European-wide advertisement the enterprise became thatRapid-transit railway Rhine Neckar for 12 years until 2015 to the railways Regio assign. The application the offering suppl. my shank of the railways Regio as well as the transport enterprises of the cities Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen and Mannheim had to be withdrawn briefly before advertisement end because of trust-legal doubts. Had ordered also the euro course, thoseafter Ausschreibungsquerelen however again, as well as a consortium from TransRegio and Connex withdrew.


in the apron were prepared starting from 2001 the distances and stations for the rapid-transit railway. The investment volume amounted alone for construction measures to 260 millions Euro. In addition again 190 cameMillion Euro for the acquisition of new vehicles. Beside the additional Rhine bridge between Mannheim and Ludwigshafen, urgently necessary for the capacity increase, a new building distance was built for the by-pass of the station boat operator city, which takes up long-distance traffic. With the stations and critical points at the distances became on one to a large extentuniform equipment special value put. The platforms were increased to 76 cm and got obstruct-fair entrances, partially by elevators. In addition they received new platform equipments such as Wartehäuschen and seats. Die Bahnsteige der Haltepunkte Mannheim-Seckenheim, Mannheim Rangierbahnhof, Ludwigshafen-Mundenheim und Ludwigshafen-Rheingönheim wurden provisorisch mit Erhöhungen ausWood planks provide, there there not yet finally over the track infrastructure and/or. the future situation of the platforms decided was. In Mannheim Friedrichsfeld south was put on the entrance by the south over the shut down tracks of the goods distance and filled up these for this. The rapid-transit railway critical point Ludwigshafen center at the citizen of Berlin place becamecompletely again built.

For maintenance of the courses in Ludwigshafen a new rapid-transit railway workshop was established.


Netzplanung Endausbau
Netzplanung final development

during the first stage of development 2006 with the line extension after Germersheim, it will be completed the second stage in the form will not give, howit in the original “concept 2010” was intended. Due to the different central equipment in the three Lands of the Federal Republic taken part the development in Rhineland-Palatinate and Hessen Priorität will enjoy, while the planned extensions in Baden-Wuerttemberg retard around several years.

Homburg (Saar): In the middle of 2006

Development between Kaiserslautern and Homburg

in preparation for the football WM an extension of the line Mannheim was tackled - to Kaiserslautern (Pfälzi Ludwig course ) until Homburg (Saar) as express measure. While the structural alteration measures already are particularly at the platforms in the full course, appearsmeanwhile the planned completion before the football WM as no longer realistic, start-up is however up to the winter timetable 2006/07 firmly taken into account.

Germersheim: At the end of of 2006

with the extension of the line Mannheim - Speyer until Germersheim becomes the first stage of development of the rapid-transit railway RheinNeckarcompleted. It is projected for end of 2006.


the distance Heidelberg - Mannheim - Worms (- Mainz) is integrated as new line “S5” into the rapid-transit railway system. In the section between Heidelberg and Mannheim it is to operate as express line without further stop. In addition becomesthey beyond Worms as regional course until Mainz through-bind. Apart from the change of the platforms the establishment of three new critical points is planned in Worms south, Roxheim as well as Frankenthal south.

Since at the beginning of of 2006 the distance section Mannheim - Worms (- is Mainz) in the advance enterprise with adapted rapid-transit railway courses. Therehowever still no resolution over the structural measures exists, existed still no final date for the integration into the rapid-transit railway net. However this becomes originally for 2010 planned subproject presumably debited to other planning the rapid-transit railway extension (especially. in the of Baden one) around some years preferred.

Ditch new village

by a renewed extension of the linksrheinischen line from Germersheim over ditch new village until Bruchsal is a cross connection to the line Heidelberg - Karlsruhe emergence. Due to the cuts in support in Baden-Wuerttemberg this stands originally for 2007 planned subproject however under financing reservation.


thoserechtsrheinische line Mannheim - Schwetzingen - ditch new village - Karlsruhe is to connect the rapid-transit railway nets Rhine Neckar as well as Karlsruhe as new line “S3”. The project stands however momentarily under financing reservation.


also the integration of the Elsenztalbahn of Neckargemünd over Meckesheim after Sinsheim and Eppingen inrapid-transit railway net is in principle intended. After the cuts in support the subproject will retard however around at least five years. Finally a Durchbindung over Mannheim is angedacht after Worms in the course of the line “S5”.

Alternating also so far of the SWEG operated lateral branch could starting from Meckesheim after Aglasterhausen (black brook valley course) to be served.

the preparations for the binding of the hessian Rieds turn out south Hessen Schwierig to rapid-transit railway traffic.

Angedacht is an alignment from the two sections Biblis - Mannheim (Riedbahn) as well as Mannheim - Weinheim - Darmstadt (Main Neckar course), which are to be through-bound for capacity reasons at the Mannheimer main station.

During on the section Biblis - Mannheim already an advance enterprise with modified rapid-transit railway courses exists, is for a successful rapid-transit railway enterprise still several obstacles to be overcome:

  • Both Riedbahn and Main Neckar course are already sincemany years particularly by the mixing use by far from, regional and goods traffic at the capacity border. Since the opening of the new building distance Frankfurt Cologne in particular the load of the double-railed Riedbahn increased further and leads already today to substantial impairments of the regional traffic.
  • After a viergleisiger development of the Riedbahnmany years ago, is the urgently needed discharge was rejected only more by at present again hot discussed new building distance Frankfurt Mannheim to be expected. The project should be originally 2007 finished, until today exists however not even an agreement about the route process (especially. because of ofthe railways preferred bypass solution around Mannheim). Here the decision will have to be waited for.
  • Planned “crosswise” - Durchbindung of the two branches to Biblis and Darmstadt in Mannheim is purely technically conditionally, generated however hardly “crosswise” - traffic and forces therefore most passengers to transferring. This suboptimale solutionmain station of a more meaningful Durchbindung could yield by a capacity development at the Mannheimer. This capacity development stands however in connection with new building distance planning and likewise still is therefore in discussion.
  • The tuning with the country Hessen and/or. the RMV runs with difficulty. A rapid-transit railway traffic after Biblis became in the reasonresult in sense only if a connection could be manufactured there to the Frankfurt rapid-transit railway line “S7”. An extension of the “S7” beyond Riedstadt Goddelau after Biblis and far until Worms one discusses, however a cost use investigation brought a negative result to day, so thatno extension of the line “S7” is planned.

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