The new tram line 18 is part of the extensive investment programme through which VGF is expanding its infrastructure, network and range of services. Nine new stops are being created along the 3.5-km length of new tram line in the newly built-up Frankfurter Bogen district in the north of the city. Construction work started in June 2009, and the line is scheduled to commence service with the change of timetables in December 2011. The line runs via Konstablerwache in the city centre as far as Frankfurt Lokalbahnhof (local railway station) on the southern side of the Main in the south. Existing track is being used over this stretch. VGF’s total investment is €55 million.
Two new city railway projects are at the planning stage. Firstly, there is the Europaviertel project for the development of the new city district on the site of the former goods station north-west of the Hauptbahnhof1 (Frankfurt’s central station). This 2.6-km stretch, featuring the stations Güterplatz, Emser Brücke, Europagarten and Wohnpark, will be a completely underground extension of the current U5 line. Between 2012 and 2017, VGF will be investing €205,860,000 into this project. A further northward extension of this line is also being planned, in the form of a 1.7-km stretch with three new stations, taking the line from its current end point in Preungesheim to the S-Bahn station Frankfurter Berg. Construction is scheduled to begin in November 2011, with commissioning of the €25,200,000 stretch of line planned for December 2012. This extension will also involve the modernisation of the existing overground stations north of the Rampe am Scheffeleck. Work starts in 2011 on the stations Musterschule and Glauburgstraße.
At the end of 2010, 3.5 overground kilometres and two new lines were added to the VGF city rail network. After two and a half years’ construction time, the U8 and U9 lines via Riedberg, the largest urban planning project in Germany, came into operation. Since then, the U8 has linked Riedberg with Hauptwache in the city centre and the Südbahnhof (southern railway station) in Sachsenhausen with a journey time of just 20 minutes. The line also runs via Heddernheim and Eschersheimer Landstraße – the so-called A-stretch (A-Strecke) is the oldest section of Frankfurt’s underground system at 42 years old. Meanwhile, the U9 runs from Nieder-Eschbach via Riedberg to Ginnheim, where it connects with tram line 16 to the Hauptbahnhof. Two further new stations were thus created, as well as seven new bridges and three flat crossings in order to link the line to the existing network, at a total cost of €71 million.