Interim results of the Infrastructure Programme 2010
Kamenz, redevelopment of the train station building
A region is growing together
The core aim of VVO is to network all modes of transport to create a single, highly integrated system. The VVO ‘Infrastructure programme 2010’ is one of the key instruments in achieving this. By the end of the decade 70 bus-train interchanges, park and ride sites, stops and stations and other projects will have been completed.
At the end of 2006 the VVO was able to announce encouraging interim results. Thirty-four projects, with investment of €42.4 million have now been completed. In 2007 two interchanges were completed in Dürrröhrsdorf and Sebnitz, involving total investment of around €2.4 million. In addition, the first construction phase for the park and ride site at Arnsdorf station was initiated (total investment €0.8 million).
These modern access points greatly enhance the attractiveness of public transport. The change from one mode of transport to another is quick and easy and passengers have a more comfortable journey and are better informed through the electronic passenger information displays. Furthermore, this investment often has the additional effect of stimulating regeneration and redevelopment around these modern transport nodes.
Freital Deuben, new train platforms
The success of the installations can also be seen in the increased demand for public transport, especially in the newly refurbished train stations. At the new stop Nünchritz, four times as many passengers get in and out every day as they did at the old, more remote stop Weißig. At the new stop Weinböhla the number of passengers is also roughly fourfold the number that it used to be. With almost 500 passengers getting in and out it is the most highly frequented station in the district of Meißen outside of the rapid transit line S 1. In Großenhain, the number of passengers using public transport has increased by 60 per cent. Not all the growth rates are that large, but a positive trend is always noticeable. And the motorists are also making good use of the P+R sites, certainly also because of the economical travel that buses and trains offer when compared to today’s high cost of petrol.
Considering the positive results of the infrastructure programme so far, the VVO decided, at the meeting of the administration union in May, 2005, to further strengthen the programme and to increase this year’s funding by 1.8 million Euros to a total of 3.8 million Euros. Currently, the cross-over points are being built in Priestewitz, Dürrröhrsdorf and Radeberg. A large P+R car park lot went into operation at the end of June in Dresden-Kaditz close to the Elbe-Park shopping mall. A further 10 projects are in preparation including one real highlight: the building of a new central bus station at the Dresden main train station.
- Infrastructure programme 2020 (PDF, 919 kB, available in German only)