Frankhplatz station will soon be a significant transport hub, connecting the U2 and U5 lines of the Vienna Metro. The first fully automated underground service in Vienna with driverless trains is going to operate through this station.
The construction of this project is also based on the quality of the electro-welded wire mesh supplied by BSTG. Specifically customised for this project, BSTG wire mesh products are supplied to the construction site on schedule, accelerating the works and reducing the time required for installation. Indeed, one of the cornerstones of the partnership between BSTG and BSS Baustahlservice GmbH is the timely delivery of the electro-welded wire mesh for concrete reinforcement, respecting the progress of the works.
The new Frankhplatz station is scheduled to be in service in 2026.
New stations for the U2 and U5 lines
In 2018, construction work started on the extension of the existing U2 underground line from Vienna City Hall (Rathaus station) and the first section of the new U5 line to Frankhplatz. Once completed, it will take no more than six minutes to travel from Rathaus to Matzleinsdorfer Platz. This ambitious project involves the construction of eleven new stations and nine kilometres of underground track, of which six kilometres are for the U2 line and three for U5.
The mystery of U5: the “phantom” line
The first plans for the Vienna Metro date back to 1840, but the first railway system was only introduced in progressive stages in the early 20th century. In 1969, work began on the construction of an underground metro system consisting of three lines. The central control centre of the U-Bahn was planned to be located at Karlsplatz Square. Today five lines are in service, identified as U1, U2, U3, U4 and U6. Although the U5 line has been planned since the 1970s, it was never completed due to financial and feasibility problems, which led to its construction being postponed several times. Up until today.