In fact, everything should have improved with the hassle-free expansion of the Poingen S-Bahn station. Ten months after the start of Deutsche Bahn’s work, given the results achieved thus far, discontented voices are rising: the two platforms, especially those in the Munich direction, are accordingly very narrow – so the risk of similar accidents is very high. The Green Party’s local parliamentary bloc does not want to be satisfied with this fact. The offer now available “is obviously very small space for a large number of people waiting in the morning rush hour,” council and third Mayor Werner Danksreiter wrote in a statement on behalf of his parliamentary group.
Platforms meet applicable regulations
Deutsche sees it differently. When asked by a spokeswoman for SZ, she said, “The width of the platform is determined by the number of occupants in a new building. The terminal in Poing currently has about 8,500 people moving in and leaving each day. The platforms are dimensioned accordingly and of course meet all applicable safety requirements and regulations.” It is also said that the width of the platforms is 2.5-4 m, in the area of air shelters up to 4.6 m – experience has shown that this is where most of the passengers are. The ancient platforms were 3.4 to 5 meters wide. So it’s not that bad after all?
Werner Danksreiter strongly contradicts this. SZ advised that it’s not just the daily number of passengers that matters, but the peak times. Exact numbers are unknown to his group as well, but estimates for those using the S-Bahn at the time are a good 400. “They can’t all be under a roof where it’s wide enough,” Dankesreiter said. “They have to spread out and then stand where it’s incredibly tight.”
Trains also pass at high speed in Boeing
It should also be kept in mind that due to the pandemic, many people are still working in home offices, but this situation will change again at some point. In addition, Poing’s population will grow – and then it will be dangerously overcrowded on platforms where trains pass waiting people at high speed, especially the express train from Mühldorf and Express S-Bahn. And: If you remove the protective strips and grooves for the visually impaired from the existing platforms, there will only be a minimum width of 1.30 for waiting passengers, Dankesreiter says. “I find it incomprehensible that a platform should be narrowed down in a growing community – but if something happens, which of course no one hopes, then at least someone has met some standard.”
Poing’s Mayor Thomas Stark (independent) has no doubts that the building conforms to the minimum valid dimensions. But especially in the area above the new tunnel, the platform in the direction of Munich has become narrower than before. The mayor continues, agreeing with his second deputy, Dankesreiter, that it depends on the number of people waiting at rush hour, “The S-Bahn at 10 is not interested in that.” He and management have already turned to Deutsche Bahn after the green payment, but so far there has been no response.
Subsequent change is not easily possible
On the railway side, they are said to be primarily open to discussions with the community, “However, a subsequent change in platform width is not easily possible.”
There was a problem similar to that of Poing in the neighboring district of Munich: after the unobstructed transfer of the train station in Oberschleißheim, the platforms there were also narrower than before, with a maximum width of 2.8 m – protective strips included. Before the renovation, some of them were four meters wide. The statement made by Deutsche Bahn at the time: Improvements are possible because the pallets meet established standards, but any costs for further work must be borne by the municipality.
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