Berlin tram extension approved, construction starts this year

The planning approval procedure for the extension of the M10 tram line in Berlin has been completed. With the building permit, the first work on the 2.1 kilometre extension can start this year. According to current planning, the new connection – from Warschauer Strasse in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district via the Pankow district of Prenzlauer Berg to Moabit in the Mitte district – will go into operation in the first half of 2023.

In the course of urban development, an extensive expansion of the important transport link between Friedrich-Engels-Strasse and Wilhelmsruher Damm is planned. The track bed, rails and carriageways are to be renovated, expanded and modernised.

The M10 line, which previously ended at the main train station, will be extended by 2.1 kilometres to the Turmstraße underground station. The tram will take seven minutes for the new section. Every 5 to 10 minutes, up to 16,000 passengers per day are expected on the section along the new line and will benefit from this east-west connection between Moabit, the main station and Prenzlauer Berg and the new option to change to the U9.

Connecting East and West

Regine Günther, Senator for the Environment, Transport and Climate Protection: “The new tram connection will bring East and West even closer together – and will make the journey by public transport to the main station much easier. The further extension of the M10 towards Jungfernheide is already being planned.”

The route will have a total of four barrier-free stops in the middle, each with two entrances, and the tram will mostly run on its own track bed. According to current planning, the construction costs amount to around 29 million euros.

Map with the M10 tram extension in red.

Dense city areas

The new line brings direct connections every five to ten minutes between the dense residential areas in Moabit via the Europacity urban development area north of the main train station to the eastern inner city areas in Mitte, the Pankow district of Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. At the main station there are links to long-distance, regional and S-Bahn trains as well as the U5 underground line.

There is now a direct transfer option to the U9 underground line at the Turmstraße underground station. The entire route links a total of six underground lines (U1 / U3, U5, U6, U8, U9) as well as other S-Bahn (including S1 and S2), tram (including M13, M5, M8, M4, M2) and several bus routes. Prominent places such as the Wall Memorial, the Moabit Criminal Court, the Jahn Sports Park and the Natural History Museum are also part of the route.

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Author: Esther Geerts

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