By Andrew Somerville
As the Bavarian cities of Nuremberg, Erlangen and Herzogenaurach grow in population, traffic is increasing. To meet this challenge, a new 25-kilometre light-rail line is being built to connect the three cities.
More than half a million people live in Nuremberg area and efficient public transport is vital. The new line is predicted to carry 10,000 passengers a day and is designed to integrate with the existing rail network.
Ramboll is undertaking extensive technical planning to ensure that the design takes into account local considerations such as the immediate habitat, bike lanes, access roads, pavements and urban design.
Also central to the project is consultation with the local community and the various municipalities involved.
"This is currently one of the most exciting public transport projects in Germany,” says Anne-Catrin Norkauer, Team Leader from Rail at Rambøll in Germany. “The enthusiasm of the community and politicians is astonishing and motivates us to speed up this ambitious project.”
The initial planning phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
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