Deutsche Bahn is using the currently lower capacity utilization of the main station for extensive modernization work. A few days ago, Deutsche Bahn employees started dismantling the first of five elevators to the tracks in the so-called “B-Passage”. The elevators should be replaced by the end of 2022.
New elevator models should be more trouble-free
“The old technology will be removed from the station immediately after the expansion,” says a railway spokesman. Then the renewal begins. The required material will be delivered via Breslauer Platz. First a shaft structure is installed and then the so-called elevator car is installed. Once an elevator has been removed and released for the passengers, the technicians start the next one. The federal government and DB are investing a total of around one million euros in the exchange. The old elevators would have completed more than six million journeys per system and thus covered a distance of 48,000 kilometers at their peak, according to the railway spokesman.
The new models should fail much less often with malfunctions. Their condition is permanently monitored fully automatically and the data from the sensors is transmitted to the railway’s operations center. “This means that employees can order repairs more quickly and fix failures more quickly,” said the railway spokesman. In future, travelers will also be able to check the status of the elevators at the main train station online before they start their journey.
The railway is also promising barrier-free access to the platforms for the duration of the work: A replacement elevator will be installed in the A-Passage, the main axis of the main station. From there, travelers should be able to get to the platform without steps.
Escalators in the main station have already been renovated
Just a few days ago, another major rail exchange project at the main station was completed: since May 2020, a dozen escalators in the station had been brought up to date with the latest technology. “In mid-February, the last of the renewed escalators on platform 2/3 went into operation,” said the company spokesman. The work cost around four million euros. “We continue to ensure barrier-free access to the platforms for our customers,” assures Kai Rossmann, DB station manager for the Cologne / Bonn area.
Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.
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