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We link up Hamburg | Management | Management Report | Annual Financial Statements | Further Information PROLOGUE FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD Frank Horch Mobility is a crucial prerequisite for a successful economy and for participation in society. This is why it is a key objective to guarantee comfortable, reliable and environmentally friendly mobility in the long term. This can only succeed with a modern, efficient public transport system – and Hamburg has just that. According to the Hamburg Public Transport Association (HVV), more than 748 million passengers used their services to travel by rail, bus and ferry in 2015. That is an increase of 10 million over 2014. And the HOCHBAHN and its subsidiaries are responsible for almost half of this performance. Major construction projects such as the link from the HafenCity East to the rapid transit network were rapidly driven forward by the HOCHBAHN in 2015. The steel bridges have meanwhile been hoisted into place at the future station at Elbbrücken. Services are due to start running from here in 2018. 6

Annual Report 2015 Major infrastructure projects need to be sounded out for viability long in advance of their realisation. That is especially true when building a new U-Bahn line in a densely populated and growing city like Hamburg. It is all the more gratifying that the Senate and Parliament already gave the go-ahead for the further planning process to develop the U-Bahn network in autumn of 2015, based on the successful conclusion of the feasibility studies for the first section of the U5 and the extension of the U4 to Horner Geest. Districts with over 100,000 inhabitants will be getting a link to the rapid transit rail network with the first section of the U5 alone. Important centres such as the City Nord with its 300 companies and jobs for some 30,000 people will benefit from this. We are pursuing these major infrastructure projects to safeguard Hamburg’s economic vitality and the quality of life for our citizens in the coming decades too. You can rely on the HOCHBAHN: as a professional partner in planning and implementing crucial infrastructure projects and also as a soundly run business in its own right. Thus it succeeded once again, despite high investment levels and expansion of the services on offer, in achieving a very high cost coverage ratio in a German and international comparison. In doing this, the company made a useful contribution to taking the strain off the budget accounts of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. In February 2016, Günter Elste retired after 20 years leading the HOCHBAHN. He left an indelible stamp on the company as Chairman of the Management Board and developed it into one of the most innovative transport operators in Germany. The City of Hamburg would like to express their heartfelt thanks to him for this achievement! We extend a warm welcome to Henrik Falk as the new Chairman of the Management Board and wish him every success in his new task. Frank Horch Senator for Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Hamburger Hochbahn AG 7

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