Montabaur station

  • FMT ( mainline section)
  • FMTN ( regional train part )
  • High-speed line Cologne-Rhine/Main (km 89.1 ) ( KBS 472)
  • Under Westerwaldbahn (km 21.8 ) ( KBS 629)


The Montabaur station is a railway station at kilometer 89.1 of the high-speed line Cologne-Rhine/Main and on the railway line Limburg- Siershahn (sub Westerwaldbahn ). The station for people - local and long-distance and freight traffic is on the outskirts of the 13,000 - inhabitant city Montabaur, in a parallel position to the immediate north-trending cross A 3

The construction costs amounted to 23.6 million euros.

Structure of the Station

The new line runs in the area of the station on a 15 m high dam. The railway system of the station is divided into a mainline part of the high-speed line (abbreviation in operation Jobs Directory FMT ) and a regional train on the lower part Westerwaldbahn ( FMTN ). Only exists between two parts of an indirect link: About Eastern trapping point of the northern ICE platform track ( track 4), a side track to be achieved, which is connected via a crossover with another track 5.

For passenger are five tracks available. On track 1, and the tracks 4/5 are two 405 m long and 76 cm high platforms, which are covered at 200 m in length. The platform to platform 5 is divided 5b 5a and the eastern section in the western section; an exit in different directions is achieved by a cross. Track 5 is used exclusively by regional trains, the tracks 1-4 only of ICEs. The tracks 2 and 3 are the main tracks through the high-speed line and are used by by moving trains. In addition, there are seven tracks for the transport of goods available.

The track facilities located in high position are crossed by a passage in the area of ​​the station. On their pointing towards the city end of a two-storey station building was built. From the southern entrance of the main station stairs and lift access to the passage leads from the northern entrance, this hall is on the ground floor. At both entrances information and emergency call boxes are installed.

At the distribution level for a Travel Center of Deutsche Bahn with two ticket offices, toilets, a waiting room and lockers are housed. Other commercial areas are occupied by a snack and a self-service center Sparkasse Westerwald. In addition, there are the so-called showcase the region in which present themselves local businesses, as well as an information center for the City. A total of 700 m² marketing areas were created. The station hall and the station forecourt are covered by a hot spot.

From the underpass two escalators, a staircase and an elevator leading to the two platforms. These are also one information and emergency telephone and seating. On the platform of the tracks 4 and 5, there is a lounge area for employees of the platform service. In the basement of the station is located (behind the main staircase ) is also an office of the Federal Police. The station building is closed at night 0:45 to 4:10 clock.

The Montabaur station is located next to the well at the high-speed railway station Cologne-Rhine/Main South Limburg as well as the Allersberg stations ( Rothsee ) and Kinding (Altmühltal ) on the new Nuremberg -Ingolstadt one of four stations in Germany, the planned 300 km / h can be passed through.

West of the station, at kilometer 87.1, the Dernbacher tunnel to the station connects to the east follows the Himmelberg Tunnel.



Already planned in the 1970s, new Cologne - great- Gerau envisaged a railway station in Montabaur in its right bank route alternative. The four-track system should, in addition to the two continuous route tracks, (four points) received two platform tracks with external platforms and a double track change between the two track rails in both Bahnhöfsköpfen. The plant was a "predominantly regional importance " awarded, bringing " a limited number of train stops only " is justified.

A given by the State of Rhineland -Palatinate in order report, which took into account only the Rhineland- Palatine territory identified in the late 1980s that 400,000 inhabitants and 210,000 employees in 2000 were living in a car within 30 minutes.

The route of the new line in Rhineland- Palatinate was the subject of many years of debate and political compromise. First, the then Chancellor Helmut Kohl had in mid-1988 the then mayor Bonner Daniels promised a binding of the federal capital to the high-speed road. The Department of Transportation has developed from a proposal to perform the track on Vilich, on the outskirts of Bonn. Such a compromise route should be about half a billion D- Mark cost more than the planned (and later realized ) route via Siegburg, but half a billion Deutschmark be more favorable than the binding of the Bonn Hauptbahnhof.

Prior to the decision of the right bank route through the Federal Cabinet, the then Prime Minister of Rhineland-Palatinate Wagner brought in July 1989 for a short time a so-called variant S this week. This provided for a right bank management with a swivel from Dernbach through tunnels and a bridge across the Rhine in Koblenz, which should swivel to the desired pure rechtsrheinische route tions Frankfurt to another Rhine crossing again. The estimated additional costs of this detour variant were 1.3 to 2.8 billion marks ( about 0.7 to 1.4 billion euros ). Federal Transport Minister Zimmermann spoke of a " provincial farce " and suggested, as a compromise solution, the establishment of a high-speed railway station in Limburg prior to tie Koblenz. In addition to the establishment of the station of the compromise proposal provided a package of other railway infrastructure in Rhineland- Palatinate. The then Federal Railroad accepted initially Routing over Vilich and Limburg- season to prevent further delays to the project.

After completion of the line determination process, the federal cabinet decided on 20 December 1989, the current route of the high-speed line along the motorway A 3 Here also a foothold in space Limburg was committed. A stop in Montabaur was not explicitly named.

On March 21, 1990 agreement on the planned DB new Cologne-Rhine/Main line between the prime minister of Rhineland -Palatinate and Hesse and the Federal Minister of Transport was closed, which calls Montabaur as a single location " in the field of compaction edge zone of the space Middle Rhine -Westerwald ". As a major reason for the establishment applies the lack of connection of the Lahn Valley Railway to connect the rooms Koblenz / casting, which could not be implemented in the realized of the three variants discussed station in Limburg. The Montabaur station should instead be a good presence on the street to make sure ( motorway junction Montabaur, Dernbacher triangle).

In the regional planning process, the possibility of an ICE - maintenance has been studied in Montabaur further from 1991. In the spring of 1993 agreed Heinz Dürr, CEO of German railways, and Rainer Brüderle, Rhineland- Palatinate Minister for Economy and Transport, the establishment of a railway station in Montabaur. With the completion of the process of construction of the ICE railway station in 1995 sealed. Construction began in 1997.

In 1993, the then German Federal Railways undertook a contract to have hold up to 2007 hourly ICEs in Montabaur. Subsequently, should be decided according to the use of the other links. The country participated in the financing of the station and set up the new highway interchange. The city Montabaur built beyond an industrial park at the station, intended as a nucleus for a new district between the railway station and existing settlements. The concept of the city administration Montabaur saw before in the 1990s, the development of a comprehensive 51 hectare area, where up to 4,000 people live and should work up to 2000. The new area was developed in a cooperation project between urban, rural and Westerwald region. After the planning status of 1995, a stop in Montabaur and Limburg Süd was intended for one of the top five on the new line Cologne-Rhine/Main ICE lines.

The planned cost 1997, there were 27 million D- Mark ( about 14 million euros ). The federal government and the state of Rhineland -Palatinate participated in the financing; In addition, the country built the new highway interchange. After the planning stage in 1998 could it 5.75 million DM fund the Rhineland-Palatinate state government, the city of 750,000 DM

Montabaur Mayor, Paul Possel - Dölken 1998 expected by the station 300 new jobs and 2,000 additional apartments for new residents. In mid-1999 the embankment was almost completed in the area of ​​the station, the concreting of the tunnel persons in full swing.

Of the investment costs of the station of about 13.5 million euros, the country ultimately took over 4.1 million Euros. The rest was financed by the Federal Government and the German railway. (As all data: 2002 )

In 2000, it was planned more than DM 100 million to invest in urban development in the area of the station and its transport links. So the main road should be expanded to 255, connected to the train station car park to the highway 3 and an underground car park with 170 parking spaces will be created under the bus. According to the state government in the same year the country's commitment to the transportation facilities at the station was around 20 million D-Mark. According to other data did the city Montabaur, with the support of the country, invest 56 million DM in the station environment.

The symbolic construction of an underground car park with 127 parking spaces at the station was celebrated in mid-2000.


On September 9, 2001, about 20,000 people took the opportunity to walk a distance to participate. The four available routes began at the station and led over distances from 4.8 to 18 kilometers.

The station replaces the old town station Montabaur, on 6 July 2000 reversed the last passenger train on the. Within four days, the sidings were folded and adjusted the allocations. This also paved the way for construction of the new line was released in areas that had been occupied by the railroad tracks to the old station Montabaur. The first regional train on the way from Siershahn after season, went on 10 July 2000 at 5:41 clock on a new Montabaur station. The railway system of the mainline at this time was still under construction.

The first ICE, with Hartmut Mehdorn and Doris Schröder- Kopf on board, made on 25 July 2002 12:09 to 12:21 clock on the way from Frankfurt to Cologne station. In Montabaur Rhineland-Palatinate's Minister of Transport Bauckhage joined the guests and took the special train to Cologne. The guests of honor wore during the stay, the Golden Book of the city. The next day, the new station was the target of a further parallel journey to 2,000 people involved in the project. In a ceremony DB Network board member Klaus Junker took over the route in symbolic possession.

On August 1, 2002 start of operations on the new line, held the first regular trains. Montabaur has served as one of the three intermediate stations between Cologne and Frankfurt Airport here from every third train. Beginning of 2003, held on weekdays 20 ICE trains Montabaur, from June 15, 2003 21

To start was a Park & ​​Ride car park with 350 parking spaces. Moreover, there was an option to expand to 600 parking spaces.


Approximately 10,000 people commuted in the year of commissioning ( 2002) daily from the room Montabaur to Frankfurt am Main (as of 2002) includes a commuter car with.

The number of daily ICE stops in Montabaur was increased in June 2003. The timetable change 2003/2004 on 14 December 2003, a further four ICE stops were introduced in off-peak position, including three to trains to Cologne.

1.4 percent of commuters use public transport or public rail transport as a feeder. The additionally furnished for commissioning regional bus transport into the Rhine valley to Koblenz and were reinstated in 2004 due to lack of demand.

In early 2003 took about 1100 passengers a day the station; Beginning of 2004, almost 2000.

Mid- 2004, the German railway to the number of an incoming and outgoing passengers per day in 1300. The city had at that time from 1800 to 2000 passengers. With a passenger count in June 2005 about 2,150 ICE passengers were determined. In summer 2007, took nearly 3,000 passengers per day the ICE railway station. 2008, the daily number of travelers was about 2400., The number of boarding and alighting at the station took between 2011 and 2012 by 3.5 percent.

On 22 June 2006, the two millionth passenger was welcomed.

A survey of 500 passengers showed in the summer of 2007, a share of business travelers and commuters to all travelers from around three quarters. The majority of the respondents criticized the insufficient number of parking spaces at the station.

In May 2009, a parking garage was opened with 400 spaces at the station, which will serve in particular the employees of the surrounding ICE parks. The total investment amounted to 3.3 million euros. In August 2010, construction is scheduled to begin for another car park with 300 parking spaces to be completed in late 2011.

As Abschlepploks series 226 were stationed in Montabaur from 2003 two machines. However, these were replaced in 2004 by the series 218.8 and scrapped by 2005.

Urban Development

According to information the city had Montabaur until 2000, already invested with the support of the country's 16 million DM in the environment of the station. Further investments of 40 million DM had been planned by the then Information.

The Regional Marketing Initiative ( REMI ) was founded in the summer of 1999 was supported by 25 companies initially and with a budget of 200,000 D- Mark fitted ( about 100,000 Euros ). The Westerwald district participated with 25,000 DM, the surrounding counties with other agents.

More than 30 companies, with over 600 jobs have been located in the adjacent industrial estate ICE Park (August 2006). Dommermuth, the CEO of the company, United Internet is headquartered in Montabaur, drives as an investor contributes to the advancement of the commercial area, where also a controversial factory outlet center is to be built.

In the fall of 2014, the Fashion Outlet Montabaur scheduled to open next to the station. In the 50- million-euro shopping center are on a rental space of 14,000 square meters, 76 stores of clothing manufacturers arise. With a catchment area of ​​17.5 million people is expected to demand volume of 4.9 billion euros per year. The establishment of the outlets was preceded by a ten -year legal battle with neighboring towns in Hesse and Rhineland -Palatinate, is said to have cost up to 400,000 euros.

Dommermuth had already bought before the opening of the railway station 10,000 square meters of land at the station and announced with a property development company to initially invest 18 million euros. In a second construction phase expansion up to 50,000 m² of floor space was provided.

A study by the University of Hamburg and the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2010, established for the period from 2002 to 2006, an additional economic growth of 2.7 percent in the catchment area of ​​the new Stations of Limburg and Montabaur. This growth is clearly due to improved market access as a result of the stations.

Transport links

The Roadmap 2007 ( since 10 December 2006) hold weekdays around 80 trains in Montabaur:

  • From Platform 1 run in the direction of Frankfurt am Main (remote station and airport railway station) every working day 15 trains. The travel time for the approximately 80 to 90 kilometers of track is about 30 to 40 minutes.
  • Also from platform 1 are daily two trains to Wiesbaden (77 km ) in 30 minutes.
  • From platform 4 in the direction of Cologne 22 trains will be offered. For approximately 90 kilometers of track, most ICEs need around 30 to 40 minutes.
  • From platform 5a Vectus run trains for Limburg ( Lahn) station in about 45 minutes. In this case, operate weekdays twelve pairs of trains, on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays six.
  • From the platform 5b Vectus trains running at about 17 minutes in the opposite direction after Siershahn.

The 21.4 rail kilometers away Limburg Süd station is connected to the ICE in nine minutes away (38 trains on weekdays ). Critics call this connection for speeds up to 300 km / h approved new line as the " fastest train in the world".

The train station is conveniently located near the junction Montabaur (No. 40) of the A3 motorway. At the opening were 350 park - and-ride parking. This number has now grown to 900, supplemented by 130 paid parking spaces under the bus at the train station (as of August 2006).

At the station forecourt three taxi stands are set up. From the adjacent bus station operate 15 bus routes, including a free for ICE passenger shuttle bus, which runs for about two kilometers south to the District center.

Long-distance and regional traffic

Traffic-related equipment

The tracks run on a dam at a height of 14 meters in an east-west direction and running parallel to the immediate north-trending cross A 3 used for driving through tracks 2 and 3 are in slab track with UIC 60 rails. The three platform tracks and the freight tracks were, however, built on gravel superstructure. All four long-distance tracks (1-4 ) are equipped with automatic train.

East and west of the station points to lead the platform tracks. Placed in the direction of platform ( branching branch) can be driven at 100 km / hr. The solid main tracks are secured by protection switches against side-on collisions of the platform tracks.

Also, one of five sub-stations of the high-speed line and a, controlled from the control center Frankfurt am Main, sub-center of the electronic interlocking system can be found in the area of ​​the station. From the sub- center, the high-speed line between the control center About Idstein up in front of the train station Siegburg / Bonn and the railway line Limburg Relay Siershahn be monitored and controlled in the range of the station Montabaur. A connection of the entire route Limburg Relay Siershahn to the interlocking is planned.


Critics see in the located at a distance of approximately 20 km Stations of Limburg and Montabaur the result of political blackmail. After Limburg late 1980s, a railway station was already promised, Rhineland -Palatinate had demanded a railway station in Montabaur for a smooth approval process for the new line. The state of Rhineland -Palatinate have made the establishment of the station Montabaur a condition for its approval of the new line in the Bundesrat.

The Taxpayers Association, criticized in his black book 1998, the Stations of Limburg and Montabaur. Because politicians would be able to influence regional planning process, the train had to build both "provincial stations" at a distance of 20 km.