Stralsund: a commemorative plaque for the Station of the Year

Celebrations for the winning station 2016: jury praises the personnel

Train station of the year 2016. From today, the residents of Stralsund can read it for themselves engraved in brass: in the main concourse, a resplendent brass plaque confirms that their station is among the best in Germany.
A fitting reception: Stralsund train station gets ready for the winning celebrations. Prominent politicians from Berlin, Schwerin and Rostock commemorated Stralsund as this year’s Train Station of the Year.

Stralsund, 25 Oktober 2016. From today, the residents of Stralsund can read it for themselves engraved in brass: in the main concourse, a resplendent brass plaque confirms that their station is among the best in Germany. In order to properly celebrate winning the Train Station of the Year award 2016, transport experts, friends of the railways and prominent politicians from Berlin, Schwerin and Rostock took part in the ceremony in Stralsund in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. In the presence of Stralsund’s mayor Alexander Badrow and the station manager Ingo Mau from Deutsche Bahn, the jury members unveiled the commemorative brass plaque.

“Everything in Stralsund has been very well done, whether it’s the concourse and the waiting areas, the taxi rank or the restaurants, passengers feel very welcome here, in the best possible sense of the word. The personnel was also very friendly when we made our incognito inspection. The people working here really care,” said jury members Karl-Peter Naumann from the passenger association Pro Bahn and Martina Löbe from the cycling club ADFC.

Deutsche Bahn’s representative in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Joachim Trettin, recalled that prior to Stralsund’s success, the state capital Schwerin also won the Train Station of the Year award.

Stralsund: Gateway to the Baltic Sea

“For travellers, the main station in Stralsund is quite literally the embodiment of the typical North-German way of life,” praised the jury when the winner was announced in August. “Being down-to-earth counts for more than pomp and grandeur. Stralsund is filled with a calmness that seems to herald the Baltic Sea, and that holiday feeling”. The station building particularly impressed the jurors. The entrance hall’s ceiling, with its wooden beams and the room-filling mural, guarantees a fitting reception, while the platform hall is filled with daylight, which further improves the quality of a visit to the station. “Protected from the elements, travellers will easily be able to cope with having to wait for their connections,” was the jury’s verdict. Behind its redbrick gothic exterior, Stralsund station offers “exemplary gastronomy, with the ‘Bio-Insel’ belonging to the best station bistros in Germany”. The biggest plus factor: the attentive and consistently friendly security personnel. “Passengers feel as if they are being noticed”. This is exactly how it should be in the Train Station of the Year 2016.

Station of the Year: Out and about with the checklist

With its ‘Train Station of the Year’ competition, the Pro-Rail Alliance has given awards to Germany’s best stations since 2004. Only stations that satisfy people’s needs, according to a defined set of criteria, can receive the award. Objective demands such as customer information, cleanliness, integration with the city and connections with other modes of transport are as important to winning the vote as more subjective ‘feel-good’ factors. Dirty toilets, for example, are an obvious knockout factor. The previous winners were 2015: Marburg and Obstfelderschmiede/Lichtenhain, 2014: Dresden und Hünfeld ,2013: Göttingen and Oberursel, 2012: Bremen and Aschaffenburg, 2011: Leipzig and Halberstadt, 2010: Darmstadt and Baden-Baden, 2009: Erfurt and Uelzen, 2008: Karlsruhe and Schwerin, 2007: Berlin Main Station and Landsberg am Lech, 2006: Hamburg Dammtor and Oberstdorf, 2005: Mannheim and Wismar, and 2004: Hannover and Lübben.

 

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