Tramscape Tramway Photographs


Frankfurt (Oder), Germany : 2005 : 17th June : 72 photos
On 21st January 2006 the people of Frankfurt decided overwhelmingly, in a referendum, not to support plans to extend the tramway across the river Oder into the Polish town of Slubice, which it was proposed to serve with a large loop running from the sole bridge across the river via Plac Przyjazni, Bohaterow Warszawy, Plac Bohaterow and Kosciuszki. Not only was it a blow to ambitions to bring possible new traffic to the tramway, but it also exposed concerns of the population regarding the strong governmental efforts to build links between the border towns of Germany and Poland following the latter's accession to the European Union.

In common with all tramways in the former East Germany, significant amounts of money were dedicated to infrastructure renewal and refurbishment after the re-unification of Germany in 1991. New trams were bought to complement the existing Tatra KT4D cars. In common with other communities in the eastern part of the country, reunification led to a rapid decline in population as many people headed west to the more prosperous parts of the country, limiting the hoped-for economic growth in the east. A population of 90,000 in 1990 was, by the end of 2005 estimated to be only 64,000, with departures still continuing. The Slubice tramway plan was a good example of European integration at a political level and the financial calculations indicated that it was a worthwhile project. With the city authorities committed to retaining the tram as the backbone of public transport but facing declining patronage, it was seen as an essential move to secure its future. 83% of votes on a 30% voter turnout were against the proposals. So, why the rejection when almost all of the line lies outside the area canvassed?

History plays a part in the politics and psyche of Frankfurt. Its trams ran into "Slubice" from 1898 until the end of the Second World War in 1945 as the community on the eastern bank of the Oder was part of Frankfurt itself and had been German for many centuries. The Potsdam Agreement, through which the victorious allies decided the new political boundaries of Europe, allocated all German lands east of the Oder-Neisse line to Poland (with the exception of part of East Prussia which was allocated to the Soviet Union). Germans were evacuated almost entirely from the lost lands, to be replaced mainly by Poles forced out of lands in their country's east which were allocated to the Soviet Union. In the communist years there was in reality little inter-trade between the countries and despite official proclamation otherwise, suspicion arose between the two communities.

Suggestions have been made that German fear and resentment of the Poles had something to do with it. Slubice was clearly in favour of the project, anticipating the benefits of EU infrastructure funding and planning to take advantages of lower costs to attract German consumers. Not necessarily a problem to individual Germans who regularly cross the border to fill up their cars with cheaper petrol, but concern for the well-being of Frankfurt as a whole in the face of foreign "exploitation"? Others possibly feared the outcome of discussions at a political level to address the shortage of housing in Slubice by giving access to Poles to the empty flats in Frankfurt vacated by those departing westwards. Whatever the reason, it is clear that problems exist regarding the integration of the newer members into the EU with regard to border towns where history plays such a great role. In the meantime, the Frankfurt tramway will have to struggle with an ever decreasing population and ridership.

Date

Film No

No

Location

View

Dir

Tram

Notes

17/06/05

205014

1

Bahnhof

In

Out

306

17/06/05

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2

Bahnhof

Out

In

215

17/06/05

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3

Bahnhof

Out

In

215

and 218

17/06/05

205014

4

Bahnhof

In

Out

305

17/06/05

205014

5

Bahnhof

In

Out

225

17/06/05

205014

6

Bahnhof

In

Out

219

17/06/05

205014

7

Kleist Forum

Out

In

302

17/06/05

205014

8

Kleist Forum

Out

In

223

17/06/05

205014

9

Zentrum

In

Out

307

17/06/05

205014

10

Zentrum

In

Out

307

17/06/05

205014

11

Zentrum

Out

In

303

17/06/05

205014

12

Zentrum

In

Out

223

17/06/05

205014

13

Zentrum

In

Out

226

17/06/05

205014

14

Zentrum

Out

In

218

17/06/05

205014

15

Brunnenplatz

In

Out

229

17/06/05

205014

16

Brunnenplatz

In

Out

229

17/06/05

205014

17

Oderturm

In

Out

223

17/06/05

205014

18

Oderturm

Out

In

223

17/06/05

205014

19

Westkreuz

Out

In

301

17/06/05

205014

20

Westkreuz

In

Out

306

17/06/05

205014

21

Immenweg

Out

In

223

17/06/05

205014

22

Gerhard-Hauptmann-Strasse

In

Out

302

17/06/05

205014

23

Gerhard-Hauptmann-Strasse

Out

In

306

17/06/05

205014

24

Gerhard-Hauptmann-Strasse

Out

In

306

17/06/05

205014

25

Witzlebenstrasse

In

Out

305

17/06/05

205014

26

Kiesslingplatz

In

Out

301

17/06/05

205014

27

Kiesslingplatz

Out

In

302

17/06/05

205014

28

Dresdener Platz

Out

In

306

17/06/05

205014

29

Dresdener Platz

Out

In

306

17/06/05

205014

30

Dresdener Platz

In

Out

220

17/06/05

205014

31

Dresdener Platz

In

Out

220

17/06/05

205014

32

Dresdener Platz

Out

In

219

17/06/05

205014

33

Dresdener Platz

Out

In

225

17/06/05

205014

34

Dresdener Platz

In

Out

229

17/06/05

205014

35

Johan-Eichorn-Strasse

In

Out

301

17/06/05

205014

36

Birkenallee

Out

In

229

17/06/05

205014

37

Birkenallee

Out

In

229

17/06/05

205014

38

Birkenallee

Out

In

229

17/06/05

205014

39

Birkenallee

In

Out

304

17/06/05

205014

40

Birkenallee

In

Out

217

17/06/05

205014

41

Birkenallee

In

Out

306

17/06/05

205014

42

Wintergarden

Out

In

304

17/06/05

205014

43

Wintergarden

In

Out

220

17/06/05

205014

44

Wintergarden

Out

In

306

17/06/05

205014

45

Wintergarden

Out

In

225

and 306

17/06/05

205014

46

Heinrich-Hildebrand-Strasse

Out

In

219

17/06/05

205014

47

Heinrich-Hildebrand-Strasse

In

Out

226

17/06/05

205014

48

Heinrich-Hildebrand-Strasse

In

Out

226

17/06/05

205014

49

Friedhof

Out

In

218

17/06/05

205014

50

Friedhof

In

Out

208

17/06/05

205014

51

Friedhof

In

Out

208

17/06/05

205014

52

Friedhof at Stakerweg

Out

In

307

17/06/05

205014

53

Krauterweg

Out

In

215

17/06/05

205014

54

Krauterweg

In

Out

219

17/06/05

205014

55

Sudring

Out

In

303

17/06/05

205014

56

Sudring

In

Out

218

17/06/05

205014

57

Fuchsweg

In

Out

307

17/06/05

205014

58

Fuchsweg

In

Out

215

17/06/05

205014

59

Fuchsweg

Out

In

307

17/06/05

205014

60

Klinikum

In

Out

303

17/06/05

205014

61

Klinikum

Out

In

215

17/06/05

205014

62

Kopernikusplatz

In

Out

219

17/06/05

205014

63

Kopernikusplatz

In

Out

219

17/06/05

205014

64

Stadion

Out

In

303

17/06/05

205014

65

Stadion

In

Out

303

17/06/05

205014

66

Anger/Lindenstrasse

In

Out

219

17/06/05

205014

67

Anger/Lindenstrasse

In

Out

219

17/06/05

205014

68

Europauniversitat Viadrina

220

at Terminus

17/06/05

205014

69

Karl-Marx-Strasse

In

Out

225

17/06/05

205014

70

Topfmarkt

In

In

304

17/06/05

205014

71

Klingestrasse

In

Out

229

17/06/05

205014

72

Klingestrasse

Out

In

225


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