Siegburg/Bonn station

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Siegburg/Bonn
Operations
Category 3[1]
Platforms in use 4
Daily entry/exit 20,000[2]
DS100 code KSIB[3]
Station code 5840
Construction and location
Opened 1859
Location Siegburg
State North Rhine-Westphalia
Country Germany
Home page www.bahnhof.de
50°47′37″N 7°12′10″E / 50.7937°N 7.2028°E / 50.7937; 7.2028Coordinates: 50°47′37″N 7°12′10″E / 50.7937°N 7.2028°E / 50.7937; 7.2028
Route information
List of railway stations in North Rhine-Westphalia

Siegburg/Bonn station is located in the town of Siegburg in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed railway and the Sieg Railway. Its name is attributed to the fact that the station was rebuilt for the high-speed line in order to serve Bonn. It is connected to Bonn by the Siegburg line of the Bonn Stadtbahn every 10 or 15 minutes. The station is located in the network area of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (Rhine-Sieg Transport Association, VRS).

History[edit]

Station building (track side)

The original Siegburg station opened in 1859 on the Sieg Railway (German: Siegstrecke). In 1870, Siegburg became the northern end of the East Rhine Railway (Rechte Rheinstrecke), with the intention that it would be later extended through the Agger valley through the Ruhr to Bochum or Essen, so that Siegburg would become a significant railway junction. Influential people in Cologne finally prevailed, so instead the East Rhine Railway was extended from Friedrich-Wilhelms-Hütte to Troisdorf in order to connect to Cologne, resulting in the line to Siegburg becoming only a branch line parallel with the Sieg Railway. This line was opened in 1872 and closed in 1884. The terminus of this line, the Rheinische Bahnhof (Rhenish station), named after its operator, the Rhenish Railway Company (Rheinische Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft), was next to the station of the Sieg Railway of the Cologne-Minden Railway Company (Cöln-Mindener Eisenbahn-Gesellschaft) on a site later used as a freight depot.[4] In the same year, the Siegburg–Olpe railway (or Agger Valley Railway) via Overath and Dieringhausen to Olpe was opened. With the opening of the direct Köln-Kalk–Overath railway in 1910, the Siegburg–Olpe line lost its importance and it has no longer been used for passenger services since 1954. In 1897, a narrow gauge line was built by the Brölthaler Eisenbahn-Actien-Gesellschaft (Bröl Valley Railway Company) to its own station south of Siegburg station; this was closed in 1955. In 1911, the Siegburg Railway (Siegburger Bahn) was opened, which is now operated as part of the Bonn Stadtbahn. In 1914, the Siegburg–Zündorf Light Railway (Kleinbahn Siegburg–Zündorf) was opened, but the Siegburg–Troisdorf section of it was closed in 1963.

In 1989, the federal government decided that the new Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed line would run on the eastern side of the Rhine. Intermediate stations would be provided in—along with Cologne/Bonn Airport, the Limburg area, Mainz, Wiesbaden and Frankfurt Airport—Bonn-Vilich or Siegburg.[5]

On 13 May 1997, the ceremonial beginning of the construction of the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed line in North Rhine-Westphalia was celebrated in Siegburg: the North Rhine-Westphalian Economics Minister, Wolfgang Clement, Federal Minister of Transport, Matthias Wissmann, and Deutsche Bahn chairman, Heinz Dürr, operated a device symbolising three levers of a lever frame of a mechanical interlocking. As part of the ceremony, an Intercity-Express (ICE) ran from Siegburg for the first time, carrying honoured guests and 500 other specially-chosen travellers, via Cologne and Düsseldorf to Oberhausen and back.[6]

Reconstruction as an ICE station[edit]

The Stadtbahn stop in the basement
An ICE 3 train passing through the station without stopping

At the turn of 1996/1997, a contract was awarded for section 23 of the new line, which covered a 3.3 km-long section, which was mainly located in the area of the town of Siegburg. At a cost of about Deutsche Mark (DM) 40 million, two through high-speed tracks would be built, platforms would be built or modified and bridges would be built or rebuilt.[7]

As part of the construction of the Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed line, the old station was demolished in 2000 and replaced by a new building, which was opened in late September 2004.[8] There was also urban redevelopment around the station. In particular, the old station building had to be demolished for the new line. Deutsche Bahn and the town of Siegburg advertised a design competition for the new building.[9]

On 25 June 2001, representatives of Deutsche Bahn and the town of Siegburg signed a framework agreement for the renovation of the station. Four days later, the construction contract was awarded. The opening was planned for the third quarter of 2002.[10] From 1,200 to 3,000 square metres of floor area was provided for trading and other services. In addition, two new tracks were laid so that ICE services could stop or run through non-stop.[11] The through tracks can be run at 200 km/h and the entry and exit tracks to the two ICE platform tracks can be run at 100 km/h.

On 26 July 2002, a day after the opening run, Siegburg was a stopover of an ICE 3 service from Frankfurt via Siegburg to Montabaur. About 500 people who had participated in the project joined at Siegburg.[12]

With the full opening of the new line on 15 December 2002, the station was renamed as "Siegburg/Bonn". The new name is intended to indicate that this station serves as the high-speed line connection for Bonn, as the majority of long-distance trains between the Rhine/Main region and Cologne no longer run through Bonn Central Station.

The Siegburg line of the Stadtbahn that previously ended in the station forecourt was rebuilt on a ramp that runs directly into the basement of the new station. The underground station has two high-level platforms. From there, the platforms used by long-distance and regional services can be reached via stairs and lifts. The departure times of the Stadtbahn services are displayed on the notice boards at the entrance of the station.

The station now has six tracks: two through tracks on the high-speed line and four platform edges (an island platform and two outer platforms).[13] The 400 metre-long ICE platforms[14] are covered for 300 m of their length. The island platform is served by both ICE trains to Cologne and regional and S-Bahn trains towards Hennef (Sieg). The platform served by regional and S-Bahn services from Cologne is 210 m long.[14][15]

Two class 226 locomotives were stationed at Siegburg/Bonn from 2003 station for towing broken down trains on the high-speed line.[16] These locomotives were later withdrawn.

Before the opening of the rebuilt station, 100 parking spaces were needed.[17] At the opening of the station there were about 500 parking spaces. The number of parking spaces at the station was recently increased from around 1,000 to around 1,500 by the construction of a parking garage.[2]

Rail services[edit]

Long-distance services[edit]

The following ICE services stop at Siegburg/Bonn:

Line Route Frequency
ICE 42 (Hamburg –) DortmundDüsseldorfSiegburg/BonnFrankfurt AirportMannheimStuttgartMunich
ICE 43 (Hannover –) Dortmund – WuppertalSiegburg/Bonn – Frankfurt Airport – Mannheim – KarlsruheBasel SBB
ICE 49 Cologne Hbf (– Cologne/Bonn Airport) – Siegburg/BonnMontabaurLimburg Süd – Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt (M) Hbf
ICE International 78 Amsterdam – Utrech – Arnhem;– Oberhausen;– Duisburg – Cologne Hbf - (Cologne/Bonn Airport) – Siegburg/Bonn  – (Limburg Süd) - (Montabaur) – Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt (M) Hbf Individual services
ICE International 79 Brussels-South – Brussels-NorthLiège-GuilleminsAachen – Cologne Hbf – (Cologne/Bonn Airport) – Siegburg/Bonn – (Limburg Süd) – (Montabaur) – Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt (M) Hbf Individual services
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
ICE 42
towards Munich Hbf
ICE 43
towards Basel SBB
towards Cologne Hbf
ICE 45
towards Stuttgart Hbf
Terminus
ICE 49

Regional services[edit]

Cologne/Bonn Airport S-Bahn service
Deutsche Bahn Cologne Stadtbahn Köln Hansaring
Deutsche Bahn Cologne Stadtbahn Köln Hbf
Hohenzollern Bridge
Deutsche Bahn Cologne Stadtbahn Köln Messe/Deutz
Köln-Trimbornstraße
Köln-Frankfurter Straße
Köln-Airport Business Park
Köln-Steinstraße
BSicon FLUG.svg Cologne/Bonn Airport
Porz (Rhein)
Porz-Wahn
Spich
Troisdorf
Deutsche Bahn Bonn Stadtbahn Siegburg/Bonn

It is served by the following regional services:

Line Line name Route
RE 9 Rhein-Sieg-Express AachenDürenCologne HbfSiegburg/BonnSiegen
S 12 Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn Düren – Cologne Hbf – Porz (Rhein)Siegburg/BonnAu (Sieg)
toward Aachen Hbf
RE 9
Rhein-Sieg-Express
toward Siegen
Preceding station   Rhine-Ruhr S-Bahn   Following station
toward Düren
S 12
toward Au (Sieg)

Stadtbahn[edit]

It is served by the following Stadtbahn services:

Line Operator Route
66 Bonn Stadtbahn Siegburg – Sankt AugustinBonn Hbf – trunk line – OberkasselBad Honnef
67 Bonn Stadtbahn Siegburg – Sankt Augustin – Bonn Hbf – trunk line – Bad Godesberg (only extra peak hour services)
Preceding station   SWB   Following station
toward Bad Honnef
Line 66
Telekom-Express
Terminus
Line 67

AIRail[edit]

Since 5 November 2007, the station has been integrated as part of the AIRail Service. In the station’s travel centre there were two Lufthansa check-in machines, which allowed passengers to check their luggage on Lufthansa flights. These have since been replaced by other check-in arrangements.[18] Passengers travel by ICE to Frankfurt Airport long-distance station and then proceed to their aircraft. The baggage is carried to Frankfurt airport and taken to the aircraft.

The station has the IATA code of ZPY.

Importance for the Bonn region[edit]

According to traffic counts, about 20,000 passengers use the station every day (February 2011).[2]

As part of the initial operations on the new Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed line Siegburg/Bonn was served from 1 August 2002 by every third ICE train and the remaining two passed through without stopping.[19] In the first year an ICE served the station approximately every two hours both ways. A few hundred ICE passengers were counted each day.[20]

Up to 2004, passenger numbers grew by 70 percent per year. 14,000 ICE passengers were counted each week in 2004 and there were around 20,000 in 2005.[21] In 2005 just under 2,500 ICE passengers were counted each day and there were around 4,000 in 2012.[20] In mid-2012, DB stated that about 8,000 ICE passengers embarked at the three stations of Siegburg/Bonn, South Limburg and Montabaur.[22]

In the 2010 timetable about 56 ICE trains stopped each weekday in Siegburg/Bonn. In the 2007 timetable 61 ICE trains stopped each weekday, as opposed to 51 in 2005 and 38 in 2003. The number of direct services to and from Frankfurt Central Station has increased to 29. In the 2012 timetable, the station is served by 57 ICE services each day.[20]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Stationspreisliste 2015" [Station price list 2015] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Klaus Elsen (21 February 2011). "Parkhaus am Siegburger ICE-Bahnhof wird erweitert". General-Anzeiger (in German). Retrieved 25 June 1951.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  4. ^ Klaus Strack (2010). 150 Jahre Eisenbahn im Siegtal (in German). Nümbrecht: Galunder. ISBN 978-3-89909-100-7. 
  5. ^ "Anlage zum Sachstandsbericht Bundesverkehrswegeplan 1985 und Gesamtdeutscher Verkehrswegeplan". Bundesverkehrswegeplan 1985 - Stand der Realisierung (in German). Bonn: Der Bundesminister für Verkehr. 2 October 1990. p. 41. 
  6. ^ DBBauProjekt GmbH, ed. (1997). "Baubeginn in Nordrhein-Westfalen: großer Bahnhof für die Rhein/Sieg-Region". Zum Thema (in German) (Darmstadt: Hestra) (3): 3–6. 
  7. ^ DBBauProjekt GmbH, ed. (February 1997). "Neubaustrecke aktuell: Auftrag vergeben, Aufforderungsarbeiten begonnen, Bauvorbereitungen im Baulos C". Zum Thema (in German) (Darmstadt: Hestra) (1): 7–8. 
  8. ^ "Zeittafel − Chronologie einer Strecke". Eisenbahn Journal (in German) (3 (special)): 86 f. 2002. ISBN 3-89610-095-5. 
  9. ^ Neubaustrecke Köln–Rhein/Main: Bauabschnitt Nord: Köln–Sankt Augustin (in German). Frankfurt am Main: DBProjekt GmbH Köln–Rhein/Main, Projektleitung. February 2000. p. 16.  (brochure, 18 pages)
  10. ^ DBBauProjekt GmbH, ed. (August 2001). "DBBauProjekt zertifiziert; ICE-Bahnhof Siegburg; neues Hochwasserrückhaltebecken; Schlitzwanderausstellung Hermann-Löns-Straße". Zum Thema (in German) (Darmstadt: Hestra) (4): 7f. 
  11. ^ Neubaustrecke Köln–Rhein/Main: Ein Konzept von heute für den Verkehr von morgen (in German). Frankfurt am Main: DBProjekt GmbH Köln–Rhein/Main, Projektleitung. March 2000. p. 19.  (brochure, 28 pages)
  12. ^ DBBauProjekt GmbH, ed. (2002). "Feierlicher Abschluss eines Großprojektes". Zum Thema (in German) (Darmstadt: Hestra) (4): 10. 
  13. ^ "Track plan for Siegburg/Bonn station" (PDF) (in German). Deutsche Bahn. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Platform information" (in German). Deutsche Bahn. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  15. ^ Bringfried Belter (2002). "Neubaustrecke Köln–Rhein/Main − Wirtschaftsräume verbinden". Eisenbahnen in der Region Frankfurt RheinMain (in German) (Darmstadt: Hestra-Verlag): 147. ISBN 3-7771-0304-7. 
  16. ^ "Baureihe 226". Eisenbahn-Revue International (in German) (10): 435. 2003. ISSN 1421-2811. 
  17. ^ Klaus Eslen (1 August 2012). "Wichtig für die Region". General-Anzeiger (in German). Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  18. ^ "Alle wichtigen AIRail Services auf einen Blick" (in German). Lufthansa. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  19. ^ DBBauProjekt GmbH, ed. (2002). "Startschuss des Shuttle-Verkehrs am 1.8.2002 um 5:38 Uhr". Zum Thema (in German) (Darmstadt: Hestra) (4): 7–9. 
  20. ^ a b c Klaus Elsen (1 August 2012). "Zehn Jahre ICE-Bahnhof in Siegburg". General-Anzeiger (in German). Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  21. ^ Wolfgang Wentsch (3 August 2006). "Weitere Rekordzuwächse für den ICE-Bahnhof". General-Anzeiger (in German). Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  22. ^ "Wir schenken Ihnen eine Stunde: Zehn Jahre Schnellfahrstrecke Köln–Rhein/Main" (Press release) (in German). Deutsche Bahn AG. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2013.