Deutsche Bahn is modernizing Hanover Central Station for a total of 222 million euros. The extensive construction work began on Monday. It is currently planned that they will last 13 years.

A train spokeswoman said that auxiliary bridges have been installed in tracks 4 to 9 one after the other since Monday. This should have happened by August 10th, during which time the trains will leave other tracks.

During this time, passengers have to expect delays in long-distance traffic: Several ICE trains are diverted and do not stop at the main station, but they also stop in Celle and in Hanover Messe / Laatzen. The departure is delayed by about ten minutes, according to the train.

13 years of construction: modernization work should last until 2033

A total of five track bridges, a platform bridge and a vault running under the tracks are to be renewed during the modernization work. The main train station was opened in 1879 and work is scheduled to be completed in 2033.

More than 260,000 people are counted in the station every day, around 750 long-distance and regional trains run to the station every day.

Almost as long as the Berlin breakdown airport BER

On this Thursday there are still 100 days until the new BER airport is to finally open. Extensions and bad planning had caused the project’s budget to rise from two billion euros to at least 6.5 billion euros since construction began in 2006. Commissioning is now scheduled for October 31.