After the elevated platform construction at Kurz-Kamp-Straße has been completed and the construction of the elevated platforms at the Bothfeld stop has been completed quickly, the infrastructure company Region Hannover (Infra) is devoting itself to the next platform construction in Bothfeld. Infra has examined three possible location variants for the barrier-free conversion of the Stadtfriedhof Bothfeld stop on Burgwedeler Straße: at the joint location south of the Eichhörnchensteg confluence, north of the Eichhörnchensteg confluence and between the Heimstättenstraße and Sonnenhagen confluence. When deciding on the options, the company relies on suggestions, suggestions, tips and questions from citizens. This can write their impressions on a form by Sunday, January 23rd, and so can those interested on-line Find.
For all three variants, the company is planning 70-meter-long side elevated platforms, on which all Üstra three-car trains can stop in the future. The elevated platforms have ramps at both ends, and traffic lights are to be used to secure dead paths over the roadway and over the tracks. For all variants when & individual trees are felled for the construction of elevated platforms, but which should be replaced in the vicinity if possible.
Variant 1: Existing location
In variant 1, the infrastructure of the elevated platform is being built at the current Stadtfriedhof Bothfeld stop. The distances to the following stops remain the same at 460 meters to Kurz-Kamp-Straße and 770 meters to the final stop, Fasanenkrug. In contrast to the previous state, a traffic light will be set up at the junction with Safety Eichhörnchensteg in order to increase death for all road users. During the construction period, a replacement stop has to be created north of the squirrel footbridge.
From the company’s point of view, this variant would have the advantage that the distances to the Bothfeld city cemetery remain short and the interference with traffic on Burgwedeler Straße is relatively low. However, the adjacent houses to the north (out of town) of the stop will not be better connected than before.
Variant 2: north of the confluence with the Eichhörnchensteg
In contrast to the current stop, the second variant is to be built further north (out of town) and closer to the residential buildings on Burgwedeler Straße. As a result, the people there would have shorter distances. As a result of this shift north of the Eichhörnchensteg junction, the distance to the neighboring short-Kamp-Straße stop increases to around 590 meters, and the distance to the end point Fasanenkrug is reduced to around 640 meters. The current low stop can serve as a replacement stop during the construction period and, according to the infrastructure, there is relatively little need to intervene in the traffic on Burgwedeler Straße. However, with this solution, the path to the city cemetery is minimally longer.
Option 3: between the junction of Heimstättenstraße and Sonnenhagen
By relocating the bus stop between the junction of Heimstättenstraße and Sonnenhagen, the third variant of the infra plan is to reach as many passengers as possible in the north (out of town) and to create the shortest possible route connections. By relocating the Stadtfriedhof Bothfeld stop, the Eichhörnchensteg could be connected in a more straight line to Burgwedeler Straße. The current confluence with the Eichhörnchensteg can largely be dismantled, unsealed and greened according to plans by Infra.
However, most of the street space would have to be rebuilt and the costs would be significantly higher than with options one and two. The distances between the short-Kamp-Straße (725 meters) and Fasanenkrug (505 meters) stops would also be unequal and the distances to the city cemetery would be long.
Infra advocates the second variant
“From the point of view of the infrastructure, the two represent a good compromise solution for everyone involved in the area around the bus stop,” explains Jens Hauschke, the company’s press spokesman. The reasons for this are the connection to the residential buildings in the north of the tram stop, the straight connections for pedestrians and cyclists and the low impact on traffic on Burgwedeler Straße. “The elevated side platforms, together with trees to be replanted, fit in well with the surrounding area in terms of urban planning,” says Hauschke.
By Laura Ebeling