West end of the A20 just before Bad Segeberg in Schleswig-Holstein
Photo: Carsten Rehder / dpa
The construction of the new Autobahn 20 in Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein will be considerably more expensive than expected.
This emerges from a response from the federal government to a small request from the left-wing parliamentary group, which is available to the dpa news agency and which the "Nordwest-Zeitung" (NWZ) reported from Oldenburg on Saturday.
According to current estimates, additional costs of around one billion euros are assumed.
Instead of the previously approved just under 4.2 billion euros, it is now expected that just under 5.2 billion euros - an increase of around 23 percent.
The A20, which is to lead from Brandenburg via Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig-Holstein to Lower Saxony, currently ends shortly before Bad Segeberg.
Even with the status of further planning there are still many hurdles: According to the information, there is no enforceable building law for any of the sections in Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.
The start and completion of the construction work is uncertain
"The costs of the A20 are exploding," stated the budget expert of the Left in the Bundestag, Victor Perli.
Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) must stop "his latest billion-dollar disaster".
"The planning was done in such a way that the government can no longer estimate when construction will begin and how long it will take."
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When asked about the start of construction, the federal government only referred to the need for enforceable building law.
A possible point in time is not mentioned, nor is a date for completion.
According to its own statements, the federal government has so far spent 20 million euros on the purchase of land, and there have not yet been any expropriations.
The new construction of the A20 was "completely out of date," said left-wing parliamentary group leader Amira Mohamed Ali.
"Transport Minister Scheuer should make sure that ailing roads and bridges are repaired quickly instead of pursuing the senseless prestige project A20."
Last year, the leadership of the Greens also spoke out in favor of generally stopping motorway construction in Germany.
At that time there was a dispute about the expansion of the A49 in Dannenröder Forst in Hesse (read an interview here).
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