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Pub­lic trans­port: Now re­lief for our city cen­tre

New tram routes in the city centre: This is how Graz’s inner city is now to be relieved and thus the capacities of public transport expanded.

View over the area of the tram stop at Graz Hauptplatz. A tram is just pulling into the stop, numerous passers-by are waiting.
© Sebastian Zier

Every day, Graz Linien brings more than 300,000 passengers safely to their destination. The number of public transport users, which has been increasing for years – apart from the Corona intermediate stops – will also continue in the coming years due to population growth and infrastructure projects in the metropolis on the Mur. The consequence of this development: public transport and modern mobility services in Graz will be further expanded!

Currently, all tram lines run via Hauptplatz, through Herrengasse to Jakominiplatz and vice versa. It is hardly possible to run additional trams via this route through the bottleneck at the Eisernen Tor. This makes it impossible to increase the number of intervals. In addition, events, demonstrations and the like cause disruptions and even temporary suspensions of the tram service of all six lines in Herrengasse.

Therefore, relief is now being provided in the city centre and the planned increase in capacity made possible: Currently, the planning for the city centre relief via Neutorgasse is in full swing. The city centre of Graz – especially Herrengasse, Hauptplatz and Südtirolerplatz – can thus be relieved of traffic. Construction is scheduled for the beginning of 2023 to the end of 2025.

After the expansion, more trams than before will be routed through the city centre – thus Graz Linien will ensure shorter intervals and faster transfer possibilities as well as a better connection to the main station. In the future, during demonstrations or other operational incidents that lead to closures in the city centre, tram operations can be routed via the Neutorgasse relief route. The connection to the regional bus station Andreas-Hofer-Platz will also be improved and thus an improved inner-city distribution of commuters can be guaranteed. In this respect, the importance of relieving congestion in the city centre goes far beyond the city limits.

The planned double-track line branches off from the existing tram line west of Jakominiplatz at the level of Schmiedgasse. The line runs on flush street tracks via Radetzkystraße, Neutorgasse, Andreas-Hofer-Platz, Belgiergasse and Vorbeckgasse. At the Annenstraße/Vorbeckgasse intersection, the line joins the existing route of tram lines 1, 4, 6 and 7. In the course of the extension, the Tegetthoff Bridge has to be structurally strengthened and will also be widened by 1.50 metres. The footpaths and cycle paths on this stretch will be improved and lingering and interaction zones created.