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Urban Soul: New pedestrian bridge at Bonn main station is ready

Urban Soul : New pedestrian bridge at Bonn main station is ready

The pedestrian bridge at Bonn Central Station is finished. It leads from the new bicycle parking garage to platform 1 of the station. This also makes the access with fewer barriers.

The pedestrian bridge at Bonn Central Station is finished. It leads from the new bicycle parking garage to platform 1 of the station. This also makes the access with fewer barriers.

Bonn's first bicycle parking garage is in operation at Bonn Central Station. At the same time, according to the city, the pedestrian bridge to platform 1 of the main station is ready. Bonner City Parkraum (BCP), in which Stadtwerke Bonn and Parkgemeinschaft Bonn hold shares, is the operator of the new multi-storey car park at the main station. The owner of the multi-storey car park is the company Developer Projektentwicklung, which is realising the new urban quarter Urban Soul on the area in front of the main station.

"Cyclists can now park their bikes safely and dryly directly in Bonn's city centre and easily go shopping in the city from here. Commuters with bicycles, as well as customers of buses and trains, benefit from a short walk over the pedestrian bridge to the main station," emphasises Mayor Katja Dörner. Bicycles can be parked for one euro per day or 15 Euro per month. Payment can be made at the automatic pay station in cash, with a debit or credit card, or contactless with a smartphone.

Bonn: Pedestrian bridge provides more accessibility

The barrier-free pedestrian bridge was built parallel to the existing railway overpass over Herwarthstraße. The steel structure was prefabricated in the factory, delivered in large individual parts and then lifted into place.The Zweckverband Nahverkehr Rheinland (NVR) is subsidising the city's construction project with 481,000 Euro - this corresponds to about 90 per cent of the eligible costs of around 535,000 Euro.

"We are very happy about the opening of the footbridge, the construction of which we were happy to support. It is important to us that all people - whether handicapped or not - can use buses and trains as easily and comfortably as possible. That is why investments in accessibility are always very good investments," says NVR Managing Director Norbert Reinkober.

The pedestrian bridge provides barrier-free access to the station forecourt with its bus, tram and light rail stops to the north of Bonn's main station, and at the same time offers a direct connection from the (bicycle) parking garage to the station. The routes to the new multi-storey car park at the intersection of Rabinstraße/Thomas-Mann-Straße are initially provisional. The final extension is planned with the extension of the street "Am Hauptbahnhof".

Original text: Jürgen Pohlmann

Translation: Mareike Graepel