German Unity Transport Project 8

 Nuremberg – Erfurt – Halle/Leipzig – Berlin

History of the Halle/Leipzig railway hub

  • The Leipzig/Halle area is a traditional staging post for travel and commerce
  • 1839 First long-distance railway from Leipzig to Dresden
  • 1840 The Magdeburg – Cöthen – Halle – Leipzig line opens
  • 1846 The Thuringian Railway opens between Halle and Hof
  • 1889 Halle goods station opens
  • 1890 Completion of Halle's passenger station after five years' construction. It is a thirteen-platform "island" station (the station building is between the tracks). About 40,000 people now use one of its approximately 560 stopping services every day.
  • 1911 Connection to Germany's electrified network
  • 1967 Halle rapid transit system opens
  • 1994 The Halle – Eichenberg line is electrified
  • 1995 Halle (Saale) – Magdeburg upgrade
  • 1995 Halle – Bitterfeld section upgraded as part of VDE 8.3
  • 1999 Halle (Saale) – Erfurt line upgraded for tilting trains
  • 2002 Reconstruction of the Halle Hauptbahnhof station building
  • The station building and train shed roof were extensively rebuilt and restored in the first phase of construction (1999–2002). Some restoration work (passenger subway, buffets and shopping mall) and new construction of some installations (catering and service tunnels) will be necessary in the second phase.
  • 2003 Gröbers – Leipzig/Halle Airport station section of the new Erfurt – Leipzig/Halle line opens as part of the VDE 8.2 project
  • 2004 Halle – Leipzig rapid transit service starts
  • 2008 Halle (Saale) – Vienenburg line upgraded for
  • tilting trains

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