Status: 09.12.2023, 09:00 a.m.
By: Tobias Fischbeck
Next to the railway line, trudged through the snow (front, from left) CSU member of the Bundestag Andreas Lenz and Lengdorf's mayor Michèle Forstmaier as well as (behind) local residents and municipal councillor Peter Frank and railway chief planner Alexander Pawlik (right). In the future, 200 instead of 60 trains will run here every day. © Tobi Fischbeck
At the on-site visit to the railway expansion in Obergeislbach, a railway representative held out the prospect of extending the noise barrier, as requested by residents. But drainage remains a sticking point.
Obergeislbach – Things are getting serious for the people of Obergeislbach in the bitter dispute for years about more noise protection and better drainage in the crossing area of the Walpertskirchen span and the double-track railway expansion of the Munich-Mühldorf line. Next week, there will be a discussion meeting at Munich Airport where residents can express their concerns. On Thursday, an inspection of the neuralgic site took place.
Residents, representatives of the municipality and the railway as well as the CSU member of the Bundestag Andreas Lenz got an idea on site. The Obergeislbach municipal councillor Peter Frank then invited the participants to his house to discuss the controversial points over coffee and biscuits.
While Lenz is "cautiously positive" after the railway's suggestions for improvements, Lengdorf's mayor Michèle Forstmaier (FW) is "disappointed". She would also have liked a visit from the planners of the Walpertskirchen brace. Although the two projects in the Lengdorf district of Obergeislbach are connected, they are planned by different authorities.
At least the railway, which is responsible for the double-track expansion ABS 38, was represented by chief planner Alexander Pawlik, among others. And he tried with a lot of understanding and a promise to accommodate the concerned citizens: The noise barrier is to be extended by 50 to 100 meters to a hill above Obergeislbach. Pawlik also wants to include the citizens' desire to connect them to the slope at an oblique angle in order to avoid a "bang effect" when a train passes through the planning, he said. "We from Obergeislbach want to have it in black and white. Then it's wonderful," Frank said.
Trust in the government of Upper Bavaria, which is responsible for the Walpertskirchen brace, is different: "We don't believe a word they say anymore," said Frank. The crux of the matter is still drainage. A rainwater retention basin is planned on the Obergeislbach side. If this overflows, the water flows directly into the village, according to Frank. "That scares me. Not discomfort, but fear," he said. This had already been the case during a storm without the planned retention basin, which would only receive water from the railway line.
Therefore, the municipality demands that the location of the rainwater retention basin be relocated and that it be connected with drainage pipes. However, the planners of the Walpertskirchen brace are responsible for this, which is why no solution is yet in sight. "I believe that we have already made some progress in terms of noise protection. But the rainwater retention issue still needs to be discussed and consulted with the planners of the Walpertskirchen brace," said MdB Lenz. He said he wanted to call District President Konrad Schober to make further progress on the issue of rainwater.
The mayor of Lengdorf perceived the meeting somewhat differently: "I see the efforts of the ABS 38, but I am a little disappointed. I would have liked to see facts come now and that our calculations and our concerns would also be incorporated into the planning of the Walpertskirchen brace. I don't see that yet. We're always talking about optional and possibly," says Forstmaier. Residents should not be lulled into believing and should actively object to the plans at the hearing. "They should go and maintain their appeal," she said.
Forstmaier also criticized the fact that the municipality is responsible by law for the maintenance of the planned bridge over the railway line. This is not the case with motorway overpasses. "We will also take the topics that concern the Walpertskirchen brace with us," Pawlik assured. "We want to do something meaningful for the region. But not at any price. It has to go with the region and we have to clarify every single point that we have in anticipation of a planning law procedure. And I think we've done that very well so far," said the engineer.
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Pawlik appealed to the residents to take advantage of the hearing: "This is a civil right. As Deutsche Bahn, I could also say something completely different now. Now the private Alexander Pawlik speaks. We will have a construction site here for years. And that can only be done together," says the head of planning.