Underground railway facilities finished ahead of schedule04.06.2010
“The high-speed, high-performance railway connection is one of the core elements of the new airport. In terms of functionality and passenger-friendliness, BBI is a true pioneer in airport construction,” said Manfred Körtgen, Managing Director of Operations/BBI at Berlin Airports. “Together with DB Netz AG we have taken a further decisive step towards building a compact airport where all services and facilities are conveniently and closely located.”
Ralph-Peter Hänisch, Director of Production at DB Netz AG, said: “We have already started with the interior work and the installation of the technical equipment. The three platforms in the stations have been built, and three kilometers of tracks have been laid. We are working at top speed along the entire 15-km stretch.”
Passengers arriving at the underground terminal station are only a few steps away from the check-in areas: three escalators and several lifts take people arriving at the station straight up to the check-in hall. The distance to the trains is even shorter for passengers arriving at the airport.
Up to 400 construction labourers worked at top speed every day to complete the shell of the underground BBI station and the tunnels. The underground station is supported by a pile-raft foundation with 236 piles. More than 1.1 million cubic metres of earth were excavated and approx. 50,000 tons of reinforced concrete have been laid.
In addition to the S-Bahn rail service from the Ostkreuz/Südkreuz stations, the Airport Shuttle and regional train services will bring passengers from Berlin’s main station and Potsdam to the new airport railway station. Berlin Airports expects up to 33,000 passengers to use the station every day once the new airport opens. The aim of the BBI planners is to have every second passenger travelling to and from BBI on public transport.