The Rastatt train station has been undergoing modernization and barrier-free expansion since April 2021. In addition to the city of Rastatt, the inclusion expert group was also involved in the planning. Deutsche Bahn AG is investing 15.8 million euros in the project. The state of Baden-Württemberg is contributing 2.8 million euros and the city of Rastatt 1.4 million euros to the total costs of 20 million euros.
All platforms have already been raised so that passengers can now board and alight in comfort. Passenger information, lighting, weather protection systems and seating are also up to date. A tactile guidance system also makes it easier for blind and partially sighted people to find their way around. A new, weatherproof pedestrian walkway with stairs and elevators leading to all four platforms has been built. In addition, the existing station underpass is to be upgraded in line with the times.
What else is planned?
The city of Rastatt is building two more elevators at its own expense by the end of 2023 at the latest - directly in front of the station building and on Rauentaler Straße. This will provide a barrier-free connection to the station underpass. The construction costs are expected to be around 2.7 million euros. In addition, the city will install a crosswalk with traffic light control at the level of the station parking lot (photo) so that travelers can cross Bahnhofstrasse safely.
What is currently happening?
Deutsche Bahn AG provides information on the current status of the work on its BauInfoPortal.
- November 2018:
Planning documents are submitted to the Federal Railway Authority for approval.
- June 2020:
The Federal Railway Authority grants planning permission.
- December 2020:
The construction site is set up. Preparatory work is being carried out on the overhead line (until April 2021).
- March 2021:
The renovation of the staircases begins.
- April 2021:
The platform at Track 1 will be modernized and raised to 55 centimeters (by May 2021).
- May 2021:
The platform at tracks 5b/6 will be modernized and raised to 55 centimeters (by July 2021).
- July 2021:
The platform at track 5a will be modernized and converted into a combined platform with heights of 55 and 76 centimeters so that different types of vehicles with different platform height requirements can be used there (by August 2021).
- August 2021:
The platform at track 4 will be modernized and converted into a combined platform (by November 2021).
- January 2022:
The platforms at Track 3 (by March 2022) and Track 2 (by May 2022) will be modernized and converted into combined platforms.
- May 2022:
The pedestrian walkway with elevators will be built. The platform canopies on tracks 2/2, 4/5a and 5b/6 will be extended.
- First quarter 2023:
The pedestrian walkway and elevators to the platforms will be put into operation.
- Fourth quarter 2023:
Completion of all work.