St Pauli Elbtunnel renovation complete

St Pauli Elbtunnel The eastern tube of the 426m long St Pauli Elbtunnel has been renovated. Credit: Hamburg Port Authority
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The eastern tube of the century-old 426m long St Pauli Elbtunnel in Hamburg has been reopened following a 10-year renovation project.

From 2009, the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) undertook work including completely exposing the tubing construction and inspecting over 200,000 rivets in the pedestrian and vehicle tunnel, which opened in 1911 and was built to connect central Hamburg with the docks and shipyards on the south side of the river Elbe.

The HPA worked closely with the city’s office responsible for historic buildings to ensure that wall tiles, road surface and lighting could be renewed or restored with historical accuracy. The tunnel tube, 24m below the surface, was also equipped with high specification technology.

“The extensive renovation carried out with an eye for historical detail means the old Elbe tunnel will remain a symbol of Hamburg and an important transport route,” said the port authority.

The route was opened to the public by Hamburg's First Mayor Dr Peter Tschentscher and Jens Meier, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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