Chemnitz Model Stage 2 (CM2)
Like the cities of Karlsruhe, Kassel and Saarbrücken, Chemnitz has a classic tram-train network, a regional tram-train system which links train and tram lines in dual-mode transportation. Stage 2 of the model is currently being implemented and should be completed in 2018 with the help of proven HANNING & KAHL technology.
In 2002, the first segment to Stollberg/Erzgebirge was opened as a pilot line of the Chemnitz model. Until 2013, system switch-over was still in Altchemnitz. Altchemnitz was also turned into a convenient and functional transport hub with interchanges to all lines calling here with platforms for a door-to-door solution from bus to train.
In the first stage which was realised between 2013 and 2015, a tram entrance into the main railway station was completed with four-track entrance into the station building. Transition tracks to the long-distance network were also built. Since 2016, the lines from Burgstädt, Mittweida and Hainichen have been changing into Chemnitz tram network at the main station and running from there to the central station.
Stage 2 of the Chemnitz Model kicked off in 2015 with the objective of connecting Chemnitz city centre to Thalheim and improving links from the city and the surrounding area to the Technische Universität Chemnitz. The central station will be extensively rebuilt and the entire construction project is to be completed in 2018.
To date, HANNING & KAHL has been supplied 5 safety installations for level crossings, 7 point controllers and 4 point heater controllers to Stage 2. At the beginning of 2017, the Reitbahnstraße, Bernsdorfer Straße/Turnstraße segments and the Technopark were commissioned. The track loop at Technopark has not been in operation this year as the connection between Turnstraße via Reichenhainer Straße and the Technopark will not be completed before the end of this year. The three point controllers required at the central station will also go into operation at the same time. One special feature at the central station are the 90-m double platforms with the “Chemnitzer Varioboard“, which allows different boarding heights on platforms - 24 cm for the older Variobahns and 38 cm for the new Citylink vehicles, enabling barrier-free passenger change-over on platforms in the inner city and on the railway lines.