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StUB: City Council still favors Wöhrmühl Bridge

Stand: 28.05.2024

The additional costs of a route over the Büchenbacher Damm compared to the Wöhrmühl Bridge would amount to approx. 80 million euros.

For the Regnitz Valley crossing of the Stadt-Umland-Bahn (StUB), the Erlangen City Council continues to support the new Wöhrmühl Bridge (visualization: Ingenieurbüro Grassl GmbH, Munich) after a detailed examination by the special purpose association. The city council took note of the results of a corresponding feasibility study on February 29.

Visualisierung der Wöhrmühlquerung. With the new version of the standardized evaluation from 2022, test calculations had shown that the Büchenbacher Damm variant could be eligible for funding. For this reason, the Zweckverband Stadt-Umland-Bahn 2023 carried out a comprehensive technical feasibility study on this variant. The results were presented by the association in the fall. They had shown that

  • the technical feasibility could not be proven with certainty and
  • the Büchenbacher Damm also has other disadvantages in terms of costs and traffic impact.

Planning delay of at least five years

The sticking point is the Erlangen-Bruck freeway junction. In its vicinity, four junctions would have to be fundamentally rebuilt in order to be able to handle car traffic and the StUB together. Due to the high cost of this measure alone, the special-purpose association anticipates a planning delay of at least five years. The outcome is uncertain. Whether there would be a planning solution at all is uncertain in view of the

  • the tight sequence of junctions
  • the limited space and
  • the necessary intensive coordination with the highway

without in-depth planning.

Relieving the inner city of bus traffic

Overall, the additional costs of routing the StUB via Büchenbacher Damm compared to the Wöhrmühl Bridge would amount to around 80 million euros - with significantly worse benefits. This is because the Wöhrmühl Bridge would also enable significant improvements for the bus system throughout the city. The city center could be relieved of bus traffic. For practically the entire west of the city, the journey time to the city center by public transport would be reduced to just a few minutes. This would encourage significantly more passengers to switch to buses and streetcars. The longer route in particular would also significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the Büchenbacher Dam.

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