Announcements Subway Hamburg
The announcements in Hamburg's subway start shortly after leaving the previous station. They start with a gong, followed by "Nächster Halt" ("next stop")
and the name of the respective stop. The announcements also list connecting rail lines (S+U+A-lines) where appropriate. Connections to other transit
lines (buses etc.) are not mentioned. Announcements for downtown stops also include important tourist destinations as well as the whole announcement
in English (done by a male voice). The current announcements were introduced in 2005, although there were just minor changes compared to the structure
of the announcements prior to 2005. At the end of a line, the announcement adds "Endhaltestelle" ("Terminus"), and at the time the train pulls into the
last station of the line, passengers are reminded of the terminus and are asked to leave the train in both German and English. An example is available here..
Since stations no longer have personnel for overseeing the trains, there is an automated announcement for "Zurückbleiben bitte!" ("Please stand back!"),
which is played right before the doors close. A sample is available here.
From an overall perspective, the announcements are clear and audible at all times, partly because of silent trains and modern tracks, partly because
there's an adequate number of speakers on the train and the volume is loud enough.
In the spring of 2006, a project between a local TV station and the operator of the subway lines saw kids recording the announcements for certain
stations on the network. Those announcements were uploaded to the subway trains, initially only for a few weeks, but they turned out to be popular
enough to still be around 3 years later! Samples of the children's announcements can be found here.
To access an annoucement, please click on the corresponding station name on the map!
The recordings on this site are meant to demonstrate how each individual transit company uses their announcements. All recordings were made by me in regularly scheduled services. Commercial use and publication of the recordings is not permitted.
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