Comparative public transport study (ÖPNV) Düsseldorf Ost
Düsseldorf, Germany, 2018 - 2020
- Client: Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf
- Timeframe: 2018 - 2020
The reason for the study is the possible conversion of Bergische Kaserne, a former barracks, into a mixed-use quarter with a focus on housing. Providing adequate access especially by public transport presents a special challenge for the planned development. The option studied was to install a cable car or another innovative transport system by means of reliable access. Route variants for various public transport systems were studied to the Gerresheim Clinic, Staufenplatz and the S-Bahnhof Gerresheim in terms of the following aspects: Structural and operational advantages and disadvantages, user potential, capacities and possible utilization, legal feasibility, socially acceptable integration into the housing areas, incorporation into the public transport network including feasibility and potential of intermediate stops and the incorporation of Park&Ride traffic with optimal visibility and attractiveness for car drivers from the A3 or B7.
The development of the quarter on the Bergische Landstrasse represents a large-scale urban development project that is expected to be completed in the medium to long-term. Consequently, using modes of transport capable of carrying large numbers of passengers such as a cable car, LRT or tram would actually provide capacities in excess of rather than just covering immediate transport demand. Our recommendation then, and this would be more cost-effective, is to defer installing modes of transport with high passenger capacity such as those mentioned until such a point in time when the development of the quarter calls for greater demand. However, over the short term it would be feasible to quickly implement a bus system. Not only can it be realized rapidly it would also reduce traffic on the Bergische Landstrasse and would not be dependent on the development of the Bergische Kaserne site.