Improving road transport around Hamburg

One of Germany’s most densely populated regions is building a new motorway. Running almost parallel with the River Elbe to the south-west of Hamburg, the A26 links with other major roads in the area.

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Under this co-funded EU project, two new stretches are being added to the A26 motorway (‘autobahn’), in north-western Germany. When completed in 2015, they are expected to reduce transport costs and travel time for thousands of local inhabitants.

Two new road stretches

Approved by the European Commission in May 2010, the major project will take place in Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen). It concerns the construction of two stretches of the A26 motorway. Sections I and II are an integral part of the overall project for the A26 motorway, which will link Drochtersen (A20/22) with Hamburg (A7) and serve as a long-distance road connection as well as a regional relief road for the areas south of Hamburg. It connects the motorways A20/22 and the A7.

Section I runs from south-east Stade to the Horneburg exit, and section II from Horneburg to the Jork exit. Both will feature a four-lane motorway and be 50 m wide. Together the two stretches will be around 16.1 km in length.

The project should be completed in 2015. It will involve the construction of some 20 engineering structures, including bridges, with a total length of around 790 m. Five new junctions are also planned.

Better accessibility

Thanks to these new motorway stretches, the accessibility of the main centres of Bremen/Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven and Hamburg should be substantially improved. Once completed, the A26 is also expected to reduce transport costs and above all reduce travel time for local commuters and people travelling to the area from further afield. The faster, higher quality roads will also facilitate the transport of products and materials.

By shifting traffic in these areas to a four-lane motorway, the project will lead to an improvement in road safety. It will also bring environmental benefits, through an expected decrease in energy consumption and annual CO2 emissions.


Draft date

22/12/2010