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Berlin: Tramway extension to Moabit Turmstraße

Inaugurational tram on 9 September 2023 | © Dr. Jörg Häseler

The time has come: after around 2 ½ years of construction, the official inauguration of BVG’s newest line in Berlin took place today, 9 September 2023. After almost 60 years the tram once again reaches the centre of the Moabit district. On 2.2 km of double-track line – mainly laid as an urban landscape-friendly grass track – the tram line M10 now continues its journey from the main railway station (Hauptbahnhof) to Turmstraße underground station at metro line U9 (Osloer Str. – Rathaus Steglitz). Approx. 16,000 passengers are expected to use the new section on an average working day in the near future.

Franziska Giffey, Chairwoman of the BVG Supervisory Board and Senator for Economics, Energy and Operations, Dr. Rolf Erfurt, Member of the BVG Executive Board for Operations, Manja Schreiner, Senator for Mobility, Transport, Climate Protection and the Environment, in front of the opening trams | © Dr. Jörg Häseler
Inaugruational ttramways! | © Dr. Jörg Häseler

The M10 tram line now runs from the Warschauer Straße S-/U-Bahn station, past Berlin’s main railway station via Invalidenstraße, Alt-Moabit and Rathenower Straße to the Turmstraße terminus at the level of the Heilandskirche church. On the way, it stops at the new (or redesigned) stops Lesser-Ury-Weg, Alt-Moabit/Rathenower Straße, Kriminalgericht Moabit and Lübecker Straße. All stops are completely barrier-free and equipped with guidance systems for the blind and electronic displays. Since the M10 now serves sections of the bus routes that previously ran there, the routes of lines 187, 245 and N40 have been adjusted accordingly.

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U Turmstraße terminus | © Dr. Jörg Häseler
One of the two inaugurational trams at the new Alt-Moabit/Rathenower Str. stop | © BVG/Andreas Süß

Total investment for the construction of the new route was approximately 33 million euros. The entire new line is funded by the Berlin Programme for Sustainable Development (BENE) with money from the European Regional Development Fund of the EU and the federal state of Berlin.

Pictures of the first test rides on the new section on 13 July 2023 | © Bernhard Kußmagk
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