Road Tunnels - examples from Stuttgart

Stuttgart - a city region built on tunnels

The design and construction of the U2 Tram Tunnel - Acrobat document (in German)

UrbanRail - Stuttgart's transport system described

Stuttgart 21: A plan to replace the 16-track Main Railway Station and its approach lines with an 8-track tunnel (English text)

Stuttgart 21: Description in German, from Deutsche Bahn (German Railways)

   "The Ashridge Interchange Movement ('AIM') is a non-party organisation that exists to promote the
   best possible traffic solution for Wokingham for the least overall environmental impact."

The Stuttgart region of south Germany - equivalent in size to the Thames Valley region from Oxford to the M4 corridor - has many examples of road tunnels of varying lengths, as shown in this table and the photos below it:

Location

Road

Zip-Code

Stuttgart City Centre

B27

70182

Stuttgart, Cannstatter Strasse

B14

70190

Stuttgart, Wagenburg

-

70188

Stuttgart, Pragsattel

B10

70191

Stuttgart-South (3 tunnels)

B14

70197

Stuttgart Airport

B312

70629

Leonberg Tunnel

A81

71229

Fellbach

B14

70734

Bissingen

-

74321

Murr

L1100

71711

Ditzingen (2 tunnels)

-

71254

Steinhaldenfeld

-

70378

Schondorf (2 tunnels)

B29

73614

Feuerbach

B295

70469

University

-

70563

Vaihingen (2 tunnels)

-

70569

Herrenberg

A81

70183

Neckartalfingen

B297

72655

 

Wagenburg Tunnel, see from main station

 

Wagenburg Tunnel was reputed to have originally been built under wartime orders as an air raid shelter - but the city fathers looked to the long term, and engineered it as a road instead. It is very close to the city centre, and is viewed here from a footbridge connecting the 'Schlossgarten' parks that extend 3 miles to the spa resort of Bad Cannstatt.


Cannstatter Strasse tunnel under tram station and parkland

 

 

Canstatter Strasse is built under an extensive tram station and approaches, and under the 'Schlossgarten' park. The tram station is known as 'Mineral Baths'.

 Click on the picture for more details.

 

The city centre is traffic-free because of road and tram tunnels

The main street and city-centre park - known as 'Schlossplatz' - are traffic-free apart from a couple of service roads. The road and tram routes are both in extensive tunnels.

The city makes full use of this space for its huge Christmas Market, and for wine festivals and other celebrations throughout the year.

Click on the picture for more details.

 

The Leonberg Tunnel is now 2.5 kilometres long

 

The 2.5 kilometre Leonberg Tunnel is to the west of Stuttgart, on the A81 Autobahn.

It replaces a much shorter tunnel and a deep cutting similar to that at Winchester on the M3.

Click on the picture for more details.

 

One of two tunnels in Schorndorf, east of Stuttgart

 

East of Stuttgart, the Schorndorf by-pass has two tunnels rather than deep cuttings. Apart from being aesthetically pleasing from a distance, they provide a wildlife corridor.

Click on the picture for more details.

 

 

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