Status: 07.12.2023, 15:10 PM
At the end of November, workers concrete the last piece of the roof of the new underground station of the billion-dollar Stuttgart 21 railway project. © Bernd Weißbrod/dpa
It will be even more expensive: The costs for the rail project will rise by a further 1.7 billion euros. This is probably due to the increased construction costs.
Stuttgart/Berlin - The Stuttgart 21 rail project is once again becoming more expensive. As the German Press Agency learned from supervisory board circles, the costs will rise by 1.7 billion euros to around 11 billion euros. The reason for the cost increase is mainly increased construction costs, it said. Previously, several media outlets had reported. A railway spokesman did not want to comment on the figures.
Most recently, Deutsche Bahn had planned a total cost of 9.15 billion euros for the project, plus a buffer of 640 million euros. In the past, there had been repeated cost increases. In court, the project partners are also currently arguing over who has to pay the additional costs of S 21. A financing agreement from 2009 only regulates the distribution of costs up to a good 4.5 billion euros.
At a recent meeting of the steering committee of Stuttgart 21, the project partners emphasised that they expected further cost increases. "The indications that we will not be able to keep to the budget have intensified to such an extent that we now urgently need to discuss it internally," said Berthold Huber, Deutsche Bahn's Chief Infrastructure Officer, last Friday. According to Huber, there have been significant cost increases in all trades. The cost development of the project is to be discussed by the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bahn on 18 December.
Baden-Württemberg's Transport Minister Winfried Hermann said that there had been cost increases of 100 to 200 percent in individual tenders. "We are tearing up the previous plans in any case," said the Green politician.
The Stuttgart 21 project stands for the complete reorganization of the Stuttgart railway hub, not only for the conversion of the main station of the state capital. New stations, dozens of kilometres of railways and tunnels, culverts and bridges are being built. Stuttgart 21 is intended to help significantly shorten travel times for long-distance and regional transport. In addition to Stuttgart 21, the Stuttgart-Ulm railway project also includes the construction of the Wendlingen-Ulm line, which has already been opened. Dpa