Federal Minister of Transport and Rheinland-Pfalz FDP leader Volker Wissing in “SWR Aktuell Sommerinterview” / broadcast today, August 12, 2022 in “SWR Aktuell Rheinland-Pfalz” on TV, radio and online at SWR.de/rp
The federal government assumes that an alternative freight train route to relieve the Middle Rhine Valley will cost 6.8 billion euros. Federal Transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP) reported in the “SWR Aktuell Sommerinterview” that yesterday a corresponding preliminary investigation of his house was sent to the affected federal states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse. “Thumbs up!” It is the first signal from the survey in the Middle Rhine Valley, which, according to Wissing, is plagued by railway noise. The €6.8 billion cost would be below previous estimates by the federal government. It is basically joyful. A traffic forecast must now show whether the costs are in the right relation to the benefit.
Federal Minister of Transport: Positive news from the feasibility study
Wissing said: “It is very pleasing that we have positive news from this feasibility study. Now the question is: How should the benefit-cost ratio be assessed? And for that we need the traffic forecast for 2040. That is now the next step. But the first signal to the region is: Thumbs up!” Experts believe it could take decades for the line to be built. Of course, this is a “Herculean task,” said the federal transport minister: “I know what noise pollution means to the people there. I know it as a state transport minister. This alternative route has to come. We can’t always talk about more changes to the rails, when we have such. Shrug at the eye of a needle. Wissing did not say exactly where the route would run according to the study. It is a 100-kilometer tunnel system through the Westerwald and the Taunus.
No fast connection solution for 9 euro ticket
Wissing again ruled out a quick extension of the €9 ticket at the expense of the federal government. Last week, Rhineland-Palatinate mobility minister Katrin Eder (Greens) called for more money from the federal government in the “SWR Aktuell Sommerinterview”. “First of all, I don’t think so much about first talking about money and then about the question: What should such a ticket look like and what structures exactly do we want to improve? We need more digitization, reduction of bureaucracy, simplification. And if we focus on what was agreed, then we have to answer the question: How do we finance it? The federal states and the federal government,” says Volker Wissing.
The conversation with SWR moderator Sascha Becker took place in the state parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate in Mainz and will be shown on SWR TV from 19.30 in the evening, it will be broadcast on SWR Aktuell Radio and is online at SWR.de/rp (https://www.swr.de/swraktuell/rheinland-pfalz/swraktuell-rp-100.html). That concludes the six Rhineland-Palatinate summer interviews 2022 by SWR Aktuell.
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