Deutsche Bahn improves rail link to Baltic coast

65 million euros and eight months of the construction works. That’s how much money and time Deutsche Bahn needed to extensively modernise the Warnemünde station. As a result, the passengers can travel the long-distance trains from Dresden, Berlin or Vienna directly to the Baltic seashore without a change in Rostock.

Before the modernisation, the long-distance trains stop only in Rostock. After that, the passengers who wanted to travel to Warnemünde had to take the S-Bahn trains from Rostock. Starting from Tuesday, 19 May, the customers of Deutsche Bahn (DB) have more options as they are able to travel the long-distance trains directly to the Baltic coast. Warnemünde is a popular sea resort in Germany and a calling port for cruise ships.

“A train journey to the Baltic Sea has become the most comfortable and the fastest way. Not only the beach and the jetties are in a few hundred metres from the platform. A change to cruise ships is now more comfortable than ever. A big thank you to Deutsche Bahn and all the builders involved, who have been working almost daily in the past few months. Now our 117-year-old train station is again one of the most technologically advanced in the country!” Mayor of Rostock Claus Ruhe Madsen stressed during the official ceremony.

New features

The modernisation of the Warnemünde station started in September 2019. Before this, DB replaced the old signalling on the line between Rostock-Bramow and Warnemünde with the new digital equipment. After eight months of extensive works, the railway station got two new platforms with a length of 370 metres each. They were constructed especially for the long-distance and double-decker trains. Travellers can also easily reach the cruise terminal from platform 5 via three direct entrances. Moreover, the old pedestrian underpass was dismantled and replaced by a new, barrier-free transition in the northern area of ​​the station.

Long-distance service

With opening the upgraded station, Warnemünde has received the improved rail connections with other German cities as well as with the Austrian capital. The long-distance trains will stop here all year round. Due to the lack of additional change in Rostock, the passengers are able to save 47 minutes. Now, the trains run the distance from Berlin to Warnemünde in 2 hours and 27 minutes, from Dresden to Warnemünde in 4 hours 42 minutes.

There is also a daily direct connection between Warnemünde and Vienna, which includes the stops at Berlin, Leipzig, Nuremberg and Passau. It is worth to add that the railway service from Berlin is performed by Stadler Kiss double-decker trains every two hours.

Are you interested to know more about the developments of the German railway infrastructure? This topic will be discussed at the RailTech Infra Forum digital conference on 17 and 18 June. To know more, visit the event website and register to participate.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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