Future depot and tram route changes
filed on: 06.04.2005 (6th Apr 2005)
The city has purchased a plot of land on Aargauerstrasse directly adjoining SBB's Herdern stabling area and on the route of the planned Escher-Wyss-Platz to Bhf. Altstetten extension. It will initially be used as a yard for the road maintenance department, but will later become a tram depot or stabling yard.
Latest plans suggest that there will not be a tram 18 as previously suggested, but that when this new tram line opens (in 2009 or 2010) it will be served by a diverted route 15. Coming from Bellevue, the 15 will cross the river at Central and continue as the 4 does to Escher-Wyss-Platz. The planned Glattal route A will run to Hauptbahnhof via Milchbuck - Schaffhauserplatz - Central and the 10 will be cut back to Milchbuck.
In the opinion of this website, this solution would be suboptimal due to the lengthy parallel running of routes 4 and 15 and the loss of route 15 at Bucheggplatz. An extension of route 10 from Hauptbahnhof to Bhf. Altstetten would be a better way to serve the new line. Such an option would create many new direct connections from the Escher-Wyss-Platz to Hauptbahnhof "main line" without sacrificing any existing connections. Furthermore, if route A were treated as en extension of route 10 and continued to run via ETH, further direct connections would be created without an additional service having to be routed across the Central - Hauptbahnhof bottleneck. Route A cannot aim to be an express link from central Züich to the airport — that is what the S-Bahn is for.
See also 13.01.2005.
This news item is from the 2005 newslog.
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