A complete redesign of the pedestrian underpass at Hypobank is to take place in the coming years.
The new construction of the train station in the form of a significantly smaller building than before is and will remain a great and unique future opportunity for the state capital. Irrespective of this, a complete redesign of the pedestrian underpass at Hypobank is to take place in 2022 and 2023. The project was also on the agenda of the city council on October 14th. Mayor Michael Ritsch announced this after the meeting.
13.6 million euros
Specifically, it was about an agreement between ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG, the state and the city. This regulates the planning, construction and operation as well as subsequent maintenance of the new Hypo-Passage including the connected platforms. The structure is accessible both to the city and the lake, including the use of appropriate lifts. There will also be lifts to three covered platforms, which lead to a total of five tracks for regional and long-distance trains. The total costs for the planning and construction of all modules amount to 13.6 million euros net, which are borne primarily by ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG. However, the barrier-free expansion and the attractiveness of the pedestrian passage are particularly relevant for the urban budget. This measure costs 8.16 million euros, with the city contributing 25% or around 2 million euros – split over the years 2022 to 2024. For the maintenance itself, the city then has to pay an annual operating subsidy of around 35,000 euros net.
Platforms also serve as alternative stations
The platforms that will be accessed by the new Hypo-Passage also serve as an alternative station during the later construction of the new station. The latter is to become a modern mobility hub for buses and trains. A study shows that this public transport hub will be frequented by an average of 8,000 to 20,000 passengers per day in just a few years due to developments that are already foreseeable today.
“The first decisive steps”
“The expansion of the Hypo-Passage and the construction of the alternative station are the first decisive steps for the long-awaited development of ‘Bregenz Mitte’. I am really delighted that things are finally moving. This is the result of countless hours more intense Negotiations with our partners ÖBB and the state of Vorarlberg. I would like to thank everyone who helped on a political and operational level that we now have this positive result, “said Mayor Michael Ritsch happily.