Hardbrücke Tram moves forwards
filed on: 25.01.2011 (25th Jan 2011)
The city is pushing for the tram extension from Hardplatz to Schiffbau. This would permit route 8 to be extended from its present Hardplatz terminus to Werdhözli. The new section required is short (less than a kilometer) but will cost 100 million Franks on account of the difficulty of the work required. It will connect two neighbourhoods that are currently divided by the railway lines that the bridge crosses. It is also the first step towards a future tangential tram route (as described in VBZ's Vision 2025). The project will require laying tracks on the existing road viaduct (Hardbrücke) where it would use the outer lanes, with trams having to cross all traffic lanes at level. The tram would serve Bahnhof Hardbrücke, using the same high-level stops as trolleybus routes 33 and 72. The project still has many hurdles ahead of it in terms of gaining the necessary approval and funding. Various plans, artist's impressions and a short animation film of a tram on the new line can be viewed on this website:
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