BERLIN S-Bahn trains returned to the city’s famous Olympiastadion station on January 16, with the reinstatement of a further 4·8 km section of the network disused since 1980. The Westkreuz - Pichelsberg line serves the Charlottenburg quarter in the northwest of the city, with intermediate stations at Eichkamp, Heerstra§e and Olympiastadion.

The line is served by routes S5 from Strausberg Nord and S75 from Wartenberg, which combine to provide a basic 10min interval service from the cross-city Stadtbahn to Pichelsberg. Both will be extended to Stresow and Spandau in December when a further 4·4 km is reopened. Renovation began in April 1996, and has cost a total of DM165m.

As well as the 1936 Olympic stadium, the new route serves the Berlin trade fair, ice skating stadium and the Deutschlandhalle, which are linked by a new footway to Eichkamp station. Local bus routes have been restructured to feed into the S-Bahn services at Heerstra§e station.

S-Bahn Berlin GmbH expects to reopen two further sections of the network later this year: S25 will be extended by 2·5 km from Lichterfelde Ost to Lichterfelde Süd in September, and the 8·5 km Tegel - Hennigsdorf line is due to reopen in December. Completion of the final 8·4 km section of the S-Bahn north ring between Jungfernheide and Sch