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Wank and Auerberg: Greens demand simultaneous tunneling

2021-05-17T13:02:10.447Z

Garmisch-Partenkirchen's Greens are actually skeptical or even negative about the tunnel projects in the district. It is all the more astonishing that they are now all of a sudden in favor of building the tubes on Wank and Auerberg at the same time. But there is no change of mind behind this, it is said. Rather, it is about making the best of the situation.



Garmisch-Partenkirchen's Greens are actually skeptical or even negative about the tunnel projects in the district.

It is all the more astonishing that they are now all of a sudden in favor of building the tubes on Wank and Auerberg at the same time.

But there is no change of mind behind this, it is said.

Rather, it is about making the best of the situation.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

- The problem is well known - and has got worse in recent years: Bundesstraße 2, the lifeline of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district, is chronically overloaded. Especially when the weather is nice, traffic jams are the order of the day. The state is therefore pumping hundreds of millions of euros into the tunnel construction - in the hope of taming the flow of traffic. As is well known, the mammoth project in Oberau is about to be completed, and there is already a lot of digging and drilling on the Kramer. At the Auerberg, it is said from Berlin, it should start this year. And finally, the Wank project is also in the planning stage.

But this is exactly where the critics start.

Your concern should not be unfounded: If the vehicles roll on the new Oberauer route and the eye of the needle at the end of the motorway near Eschenlohe is removed with the Auerberg tunnel, the idea is that the problems will only shift.

And to the next bottleneck: This would then be the entrance to Partenkirchen.

A transport policy demand has therefore recently become louder and louder: Auerberg and Wank would have to be coordinated with one another in terms of time.

Group requests a resolution

The Greens parliamentary group in Garmisch-Partenkirchner municipal council is now in the same direction - and proposes to pass a resolution to Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) or to the Bavarian state parliament. The central point in the application reads: "In the case of the planned implementation of the Auerberg tunnel, the Wanktunnel must be put into operation in close timely connection with the commissioning of the Auerberg tunnel." expect a significant traffic load.

A position that is remarkable. Because so far the Greens, who have made the traffic turnaround on the flag, have not exactly stood out as advocates of tunneling. “If you build roads, you will harvest traffic,” was her credo. This still applies, says Dr. Stephan Thiel, parliamentary group leader in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, clear on request. Only: “We have to be realistic.” The Auerberg company will probably no longer allow itself to be prevented. So you need a pragmatic solution - of necessity. The local politician believes that the Partenkirchner bypass can still be talked about if it is implemented in an ecologically sensible way. But he believes the creation of the Auerberg tunnel is fundamentally the wrong way - and superfluous. Because: With the route through the Loisach valley, the sheet metal avalanche will only get bigger, Thiel fears.In his opinion, it would therefore make more sense to invest the many millions in the expansion of local public transport and rail.

Meanwhile, the Greens received applause from the CSU.

She expressly welcomes the application, says Garmisch-Partenkirchen's mayor Elisabeth Koch - and is happy about the “gain in knowledge” in the political competition.

The Greens finally supported the efforts, in particular of the CSU regional group leader and ex-transport minister Alexander Dobrindt, to relieve traffic in the region.

To this end, all projects would have to be “thought together, linked and implemented step by step” - and should not be played off against each other.

Koch continues: "The timely realization of Auerberg and Wank is of course very important to us and was also set as a goal by the responsible state building authority, which oversees both projects."

Meierhofer warns of even more traffic

Koch's predecessor, SPD district councilor and Bundestag candidate Dr. Sigrid Meierhofer, sees things differently - and is amazed at the Green push. For the Social Democrat, one thing is certain: “Traffic has to change fundamentally.” Otherwise, the ambitious climate protection goals could never be achieved. Meierhofer warns against attracting even more cars with a fully developed Alpine traverse to the south. Her counter-proposal: "We have to make rail travel more attractive."

Source: merkur

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