Preliminary plans to reinstate a tramline in the German city of Wiesbaden have been approved. Costing EUR3.4m, the plans are the first first step in pushing forward the proposed Citybahn light rail line that will link Wiesbaden to the existing metre-gauge tramway in neighbouring Mainz, to the tourist area of Aartalbahn in the north of Wiesbaden.
Wisebaden had a tramway from 1875, although significant damage during World War Two saw the lines close one by one with the final services running in April 1955.
The new project’s EUR156m first phase will run 12.2km (7.6 miles) between Hochschule Rhein-Main (north of Wiesbaden) to Theodor-Heuss-Brücke (in the south). The mostly single-track 15km (9.3-mile) Aartalbahn would also be converted from 1435mm to metre-gauge between Bad Schwalback and Chausseehaus in a later phase, from where a new alignment would travel to Otto-Wels-Strasse in Wiesbaden.
A branch from Hermann-Brill-Strasse would meet here, that would run out to Wiesbaden Hauptbahnhof and Ostbahnhof, crossing the River Rhein and continuing 2.5km (1.6 miles) to reach the Mainz tram network at Mainz Hbf West.
The final project cost is estimated at EUR370m, plus EUR78m for a new fleet of 26 trams.