According to the updated info on its own online Arrivals/Departures service, the German national operator DB will be implementing some significant changes to the long-standing service patterns and routes of its high-speed ICE services.
The new pan-European timetable comes into effect from December 11th and two key changes will apparently come into effect from this date:
(1) The majority of the services in both directions, on the Basel - Freiburg - Karlsruhe - Mannheim - Frankfurt Flughafen - Köln Hbf route (route 43) are to be extended to/from Hamburg with departures from Hamburg Hbf at 08:45; 10:45; 12:45 and 16:45.
These extensions will also therefore be providing a hugely enhanced service between Switzerland and multiple major stations in north-west Germany including Bremen Hbf, Dortmund Hbf, Essen Hbf and Dusseldorf Hbf.
(2) The trains on route 47, Dortmund ↔ Stuttgart, are to be extended to/from München/Munich with calls in Ulm and Augsburg. So these three cities gain up to six additional connections per day with Köln/Cologne, Dusseldorf, Essen and Dortmund.
Though the trains on this route call at Köln Messe/Deutz station instead of Köln Hbf.
Also a quirky feature of this timetable adjustment is that in most odd hours during the day, Köln/Cologne will have three departures heading to München/Munich;
Heading north in most hours two trains will be departing München hbf for either Köln Messe/Deutz or Köln Hbf.
Looking at the DB online Arrivals/Departures service major changes are planned for many of the long-standing ICE services which travel on the routes between Frankfurt (Main) and Mannheim from April 1st onwards.
1. ICE route 12 is the Berlin - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) ↔ Mannheim - Karlsruhe, Freiburg - Basel - Bern - Interlaken route, but from April 1st Bern and Interlaken will be primarily served by ICE trains taking a Hamburg - Hannover - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) ↔ Mannheim - Karlsruhe, Freiburg - Basel - Bern - Interlaken route.
So the current 1 x train per day on the Hamburg ↔ Interlaken route becomes a three trains per day service, with other departures being turned around in Basel.
2. So with the long-standing route 20, Hamburg ↔ Zurich - Chur, having its Swiss destinations switched to Bern and Interlaken, from April 1st Zurich and Chur will be served by major change to route 11.
This Berlin - Leipzig - Erfurt - Frankfurt (Main) ↔ Mannheim - Stuttgart - Ulm - Augsburg - München route is apparently being switched to operate Berlin - Leipzig - Erfurt - Frankfurt (Main) ↔ Mannheim - Karlsruhe, Freiburg - Basel - Zurich - Chur.
3. The Frankfurt (Main) ↔ München section of route 11 is to be covered by a change to route 22.
Instead of being a Hamburg - Hannover - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) - Frankfurt Flughafen - ↔ Mannheim - Stuttgart route, it will become a
Hamburg - Hannover - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) ↔ Mannheim - Stuttgart - Ulm - Augsburg - München route.
4. So that an hourly service can be maintained between Frankfurt Flughafen and Stuttgart, route 15 is to extended beyond Frankfurt (Main) to provide a Berlin - Erfurt - Frankfurt (Main) - Frankfurt Flughafen ↔ Mannheim - Stuttgart route.
5. So that Kassel can maintain its hourly connection with Frankfurt (Main) hbf, despite that change to route 12, the route 13 service of Berlin - Kassel - Frankfurt (Sud) - Frankfurt Flughafen becomes a Berlin - Kassel - Frankfurt (Main) hbf route.
Summary of service change impacts:
If correct, these timetable revisions from April 1st will result in the following key changes to connections between stations and destinations:
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