GERMAN Railway is to launch a network of cross-city regional express routes in May to integrate services radiating from Berlin. Following completion of reconstruction work on the city’s Stadtbahn core (RG 1.98 p22), regional services feeding the outer ends of the S-Bahn network will be extended into the city centre and paired up to create cross-regional corridors. Limited stop services will provide much faster links to cities up to 250 km from Berlin.
DB will initially launch five RE routes, combining to give an intensive service along the Stadtbahn between Hauptbahnhof and Zoo. They are:
RE1 Brandenburg - Frankfurt (Oder);
RE2 Werder - Cottbus;
RE3 Dessau - Pasewalk - Stralsund;
RE4 Wittenberge - Jüterbog;
RE5 Stralsund - Neubrandenburg - Elsterwerda.
Another route, RE7, will link Lichtenberg and Schwedt, interchanging with RE3 at Bernau.
- On December 18 S-Bahn Berlin GmbH inaugurated services on a further section of the city’s S-Bahn ring, from Neuk