Koblenz Stadtmitte station

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Koblenz Stadtmitte
Deutsche Bahn
Through station
Koblenz im Buga-Jahr 2011 - Eröffnung Haltepunkt Koblenz Stadtmitte 1.jpg
Station platforms
Location Pastor-Metzdorf-Weg, Koblenz, Rhineland-Palatinate
Germany
Coordinates 50°21′27″N 7°35′24″E / 50.35750°N 7.59000°E / 50.35750; 7.59000Coordinates: 50°21′27″N 7°35′24″E / 50.35750°N 7.59000°E / 50.35750; 7.59000
Line(s)
Platforms 3
Other information
Station code 8258[1]
DS100 code KKSM[2]
IBNR 8003341
Category 4[1]
Website www.bahnhof.de
History
Opened 14 April 2011

Koblenz Stadtmitte station (German: Haltepunkt Koblenz Stadtmitte, freely translated as "Koblenz City Centre station") was opened on 14 April 2011 on the West Rhine Railway (German: Linke Rheinstrecke) in central Koblenz in the German state of Rhineland Palatinate. The main purpose of this station is to improve public transport access to central Koblenz because it is more convenient than Koblenz Hauptbahnhof (main station). In addition, it played an essential role as the station serving the Federal Horticultural Show 2011 in Koblenz.

Location[edit]

Koblenz Stadtmitte is classified as a Haltepunkt, which means a station that is not a rail junction and has no sets of points. It is centrally located in the Koblenz city centre, right behind the Löhr-Center shopping centre, and near the pedestrian zone. There is also a bus station in the same shopping centre near the station, with a direct bus connection to almost every district of Koblenz.[3]

In the second half of the 19th century there had been an earlier station near the modern station in today’s Fischelstraße. It was called the Rhenish station (Rheinischer Bahnhof, after the Rhenish Railway Company, its builder) and was on the West Rhine Railway, running from Cologne to Bingerbrück. In 1902, it was replaced by the current Koblenz Hauptbahnhof.[4]

History[edit]

Opening of the station by Mayor Joachim Hofmann-Göttig on 14 April 2011

Already in the 1930s there were proposals for a station near the centre of the city. However, these were not pursued. This idea was raised again in the late 1970s and plans were developed. Despite considerable debate a decision to build the station was not taken until 2005.[5] A major factor in this decision was the selection of Koblenz as the site for the Federal Horticultural Show 2011. Preliminary work began in January 2008.[6] Before the start of work on the station, the westernmost of the three tracks had to be moved about five metres to the west for a length of about 300 metres to make room for the platform. Subsequently construction started on a central platform for tracks 2 and 3 and an outside platform for track 1. On 14 April 2011, a day before the start of the Federal Horticultural Show, operations started at the station.

In 2005, it was estimated that the station would cost € 9.1 million, but it ended up costing about € 18.5 million.[7] The state of Rhineland-Palatinate provided about € 9.1 million of this.[8]

Services[edit]

Koblenz Stadtmitte has three platform tracks, consisting of a side platform on track 1 and a central platform between tracks 2 and 3. The platforms are designed for trains with a length of 180 metres. Access to the platforms is barrier-free and the platforms have a height of 76 cm to provide barrier-free access to trains. The station is served by four services. It is served by Regional-Express line 5 services, running between Koblenz and Emmerich, and Regionalbahn 26 services, running between Koblenz and Cologne-Deutz. These two services use tracks 1 and 2. Track 3 is used by RB 10 services in both directions between Neuwied and Frankfurt am Main. RB 27 services also stop on track 3 in both directions, running on the right bank route (East Rhine Railway) through Neuwied between Koblenz and Cologne.

Line KBS Route Operator Frequency
RE 5 Rhein-Express 470 Left Rhine line Emmerich – Wesel – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Cologne – Bonn – Remagen – Andernach – Koblenz Stadtmitte Koblenz Hbf DB Regio NRW 60 min
RB 10 RheingauLinie 466 Right Rhine line Neuwied – Koblenz Stadtmitte Koblenz Hbf – Rüdesheim am Rhein – Wiesbaden – Frankfurt am Main VIAS 60 min
RB 23 Lahn-Eifel-Bahn 478/470/625 Eifelquer Railway/Left Rhine line/Lahn Valley Railway Mayen – Mendig – Andernach – Koblenz Stadtmitte – Koblenz – Niederlahnstein – Bad Ems – Diez – Limburg DB Regio Südwest 60 min
RB 26 MittelRheinBahn 470 Left Rhine line Köln – Bonn – Remagen – Andernach – Koblenz Stadtmitte Koblenz Hbf trans regio 60 min
RB 27 Rhein-Erft-Bahn 465 Right Rhine line (Mönchengladbach –) Köln – Troisdorf – Bonn-Beuel – Neuwied – Koblenz Stadtmitte Koblenz Hbf DB Regio Südwest 60 min
Preceding station   Deutsche Bahn   Following station
toward Wesel
RE 5
Rhein-Express
Terminus
toward Mayen Ost
RB 23
Lahn-Eifel-Bahn
RB 27
Rhein-Erft-Bahn
Terminus
Preceding station   VIAS   Following station
Terminus
RB 10
RheingauLinie
Preceding station   trans regio   Following station
RB 26
MittelRheinBahn
toward Mainz Hbf
Panorama of Koblenz Stadtmitte station

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stationspreisliste 2017" [Station price list 2017] (PDF) (in German). DB Station&Service. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Eisenbahnatlas Deutschland (German railway atlas) (2009/2010 ed.). Schweers + Wall. 2009. ISBN 978-3-89494-139-0. 
  3. ^ "Bus-Liniennetz in Koblenz" (in German). KEVAG. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "152 Jahre Schienenhaltepunkt Mitte" (in German). Rhein-Zeitung. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Große Mehrheit für den Haltepunkt Mitte" (in German). Rhein-Zeitung. 7 October 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Stadtchronik 2009" (PDF) (in German). City of Koblenz. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Kostenexplosion beim Schienenhaltepunkt" (in German). Rhein-Zeitung. 4 December 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "9,1 Millionen Euro vom Land für neuen Bahn-Haltepunkt in Koblenz" (in German). Rhein-Zeitung. 30 December 2008. Retrieved 24 April 2011. 

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