Bonn-Bad Godesberg station

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Template:Infobox Deutsche Bahn station Bonn-Bad Godesberg station is on the Left Rhine line (Template:Lang-de) in the Bonn district of Bad Godesberg in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

It is a four-track through station, which does not have a “home” platform attached to the station building. Instead, it has two through and overtaking tracks on two island platforms, with one platform numbered 1 and 4 and the other 2 and 3, which is unusual in Germany, but occurs several times on the Left Rhine line.

History

The station was inaugurated on 15 October 1855 as part of the extension of the Left Rhine line from Bonn to Rolandseck station. The need for Godesberg station, which was then in open fields, was said to stem from the fact that Godesberg was the location of the summer homes of many shareholders of the Bonn–Cologne Railway Company and the president of the Rhenish Railway Company. For years the shareholders had a table in the station buffet and insisted on almost all trains stopping in Godesberg.

From the turn of the century Godesberg grew rapidly and established itself as a resort and retirement home for retired Prussians, increasing the importance of the station. The old neoclassical entrance hall was too small and in 1908 it was replaced by the Art Nouveau building that still exists, with even its interior largely preserved; this is located just south of old station. At the same time, the route of the railway line was raised by about a metre and subways were built under the line for the streets of Friedrichallee, Rheinallee and Bürgerstraße. As Godesberg’s name was changed to Bad Godesberg in 1925, the name of the station was also similarly changed. After the city was incorporated was to Bonn in 1969, the station was again renamed in the summer 1971 timetable and received its present name of Bonn-Bad Godesberg. Since the mid-1980s express trains have not served Bonn-Bad Godesberg, except for a period in the early 1990s, when at first InterCity Night services stopped at Bad Godesberg and later Intercity-Express trains on the Bonn–Berlin route started and ended in Bad Godesberg.

Operations

Platform track 1 is served by regular regional trains to the south (Koblenz and on to Mainz). Track 2 is used by regional trains to the north (Bonn and on to Cologne). The tracks 3 and 4 are only used as sidings and as passing tracks.

Current services

Since 1994, a station of the Bonn Stadtbahn has been located under the Bad Godesberg railway station.

Today the station is served by Regional-Express and Regionalbahn services and is served by four routes each hour, so that to and from Bonn Hauptbahnhof there are services at approximately 15-minute intervals. The station is above a Deutsche Bahn ticket office and some small shops. The main station building is now occupied by the Klangstation, a concert, theatre and lecture hall.

Bonn-Bad Godesberg station is currently served by four lines regional services supported by North Rhine-Westphalia and three Stadtbahn lines:

Line Line name Route Frequency Operator
Template:Bahnlinie Rhein-Express Emmerich – Oberhausen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Cologne – Bonn – Bonn-Bad Godesberg – Remagen – Andernach – Koblenz-Stadtmitte – Koblenz Hbf 1x per hour DB Regio NRW
Template:Bahnlinie MittelrheinBahn Köln Messe/Deutz – Cologne – Bonn – Bonn-Bad Godesberg – Remagen – Andernach – Koblenz-Stadtmitte - Koblenz Hbf - (Mainz) 1x per hour trans regio
Template:Bahnlinie Rhein-Ahr-Bahn Bonn – Bonn-Bad Godesberg – Remagen – Bad Neuenahr – Ahrbrück 1x per hour DB Regio Südwest
Template:Bahnlinie Rhein-Wupper-Bahn Wuppertal – Cologne – Bonn – Bonn-Bad Godesberg – Bonn-Mehlem 1x per hour DB Regio NRW

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Plans

Between 2014 and 2016, an extensive modernisation and renovation of the station is to be carried out, including the complete renovation of the pedestrian underpass and the installation of lifts on the platforms.

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