To the rides of the most scenic railway of the Republic of a Trip is one of the Unesco world heritage upper middle Rhine valley. Romantic villages, steep vineyards and numerous castles pass by in front of the wagon Windows.

residents and tourists in the bellmouth-like river valley, however, suffer under the extreme train noise – many flee. The right Bank of the Rhine tracks are according to Deutsche Bahn, part of Europe’s busiest freight route Genoa-Rotterdam. For a long time is discussed on the basis of a relief road. But now, it seems to switch the signals to Red.

Because a freight train-would alternative path according to the Federal government only after about a ten-fold increase in the number of trains is worthwhile. This statement surprised the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of transport therefore fears its “death knell for the alternative freight route”. A Ministry spokeswoman said the German press Agency: “neither the middle Rhine valley, yet the afferent routes to the South and the North could absorb without massive investment in the expansion of the infrastructure, a tenfold increase in traffic at all.” The Mainz transport Minister Volker Wissing (FDP), says: “I have the impression that the Federal government does not want to the alternative freight transport route. If so, then the Federal government should say clearly.”

now every day rattle Wissings Ministry, on average, more than 400 passenger and freight trains on both banks of railway lines from the 19th century. Century by the upper middle Rhine valley. According to the citizens ‘ initiative “Oberwesel 22 – the future in spite of railway” to be said for 2030, a total of 500 to 600 trains a day in advance. According to the Federal Ministry of transport, an economic action would, therefore, need to reach 5000 to 6000 trains per day, attributed to citizens ‘ initiatives-in-chief Harald Steppat. “That means every 15 seconds, a train in the middle Rhine valley – around the clock!”

state Secretary Enak Ferlemann (CDU) by the Federal Ministry of transport wrote to the Chairman of the CDU-landesgruppe Rheinland-Pfalz in the Bundestag, Patrick Schnieder: “the construction of a new railway line for freight transport is economically justified, the traffic volume of passenger and freight traffic on the Rail in the middle Rhine valley, significantly, by a factor of approximately 10, the 2030 projected Zugzahlen also increase.” When that was ready, could still be considered resilient, the railway Commissioner of the Federal government in his Letter of 7. January 2019, which is the dpa. A Mistake? No. On demand, the Federal transport Ministry in Berlin claiming to “factor 10” on a yet unpublished report.

The discussed billion-dollar system of tunnels as an alternative route for freight trains between North Rhine-Westphalia, Troisdorf, Germany and the Hessen Bischofsheim didn’t make it in the Federal transport infrastructure plan in the category of priority needs. According to the German transport state Secretary Ferlemann regardless of the economy “in the Wake of a feasibility study are already pre-planning processes for the project prepared”. His Ministry first, set the scope of the study. To their precise timing “can at present, but give no information”. Steppat, a Westerwald-Taunus-railway tunnel system would be more than 100 kilometers long, a massive building project.

Patrick Schnieder, who is also the Parliamentary Secretary of the Union faction in the Bundestag, has in one of the dpa present the Letter of 29. November 2018, warns of the Federal Ministry of transport, for an immediate Start of the feasibility study. “It is only through this construction, the entire middle section of the Rhine valley from Bonn to Mainz from the unbearable consequences of freight transport for the health, but also tourism and other sectors of the economy, as well as the loss of value of the real estate exempted,” stresses Schnieder.

He also criticised the decision of the German Federal Ministry of transport, the three on the left Bank of the Rhine historic railway tunnel opposite the Loreley-rock, but to be replaced by a new building, because a right Bank of the Rhine route Alternative according to this Ministry “more effectively the needs of noise protection” fulfill. Schnieder does not complain: “This is conclusive, since the new line at the Moment is not classified in the high-priority needs.” According to Steppat, the three tunnels of rock with monument-protected portals in unstable shale. Now you should be redeveloped.

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