The BERNARD Gruppe has been commissioned with traffic engineering and transport planning for the preliminary design of an approx. 5.2 km long new tram line.

The line extension will close the gap in the tramway network between the Pankow S-Bahn and subway station and the Pasedagplatz turnaround in Weißensee. The goal is to further promote eco-modes of transport, reduce inner-city motorized individual transport and offer an attractive alternative to the current bus service. The tram line extension will create an efficient tangent and a link to the districts of Weißensee, Heinersdorf and Pankow.

The core element of our work is, on the one hand, the holistic evaluation of track routing variants and road construction options with regard to traffic engineering and traffic safety issues, particularly at the 16 junctions and on the free track. In addition, the complete redesign of the road space will entail changes in the future motorized individual traffic load. We will quantify these changes in a macroscopic model and evaluate them by taking into account the routing variants. The goal is to create a transport infrastructure that meets the needs of the city and is compatible with the specific features of the urban district.

Another focus of this project is the short-term optimization of public transport requirements on the Berliner Straße’s highly congested 580 m long section between Breite Straße and Granitzstraße, which is characterized by a wide variety of usage demands. The Berlin public transport company (BVG) intends to further increase the frequency of tram services at the Pankow S-Bahn and subway station, which requires new priority measures to eliminate weak points in favor of tram and bus services. The aim is to ensure efficient, safe and, in particular, attractive transport services from the passenger’s point of view. Any associated restrictive effects on motorized individual traffic must be identified and quantified, and compensatory measures will be proposed.

Jörg Stowasser, BERNARD Gruppe