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Rail passenger group calls for end to Stuttgart 21

DDP/The Local · 1 Sep 2010, 09:09

Published: 01 Sep 2010 09:09 GMT+02:00

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Karl-Peter Naumann, the head of the association Pro Bahn, told daily Berliner Zeitung it wasn’t too late to stop the partial demolition of the southwestern city’s historic train station in the hopes of making it an important European rail link.

“The politicians and (Deutsche) Bahn certainly didn’t expect so much opposition,” he said. “That could cause this project to be reconsidered and there could be a return to plans to modernise the terminal.”

Tens of thousands of people in the state capital of Baden-Württemberg have demonstrated in recent weeks against the Stuttgart 21 project, which aims to make the city of 600,000 a key station on one of the longest high-speed lines in Europe. The 1,500-kilometre (930-mile) "Magistrale for Europe" would link Paris, Strasbourg, Munich, Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest.

Engineers plan to blast 16 tunnels and cuttings into the many surrounding hills, build 18 new bridges, lay 60 kilometres (40 miles) of new train track and create three new stations.

But opponents are furious that the project will, among other things, tear down the side wings of the train station building, a 1928 modernist classic designed by Paul Bonatz.

Naumann said abandoning the expensive project would actually be in the interest of most regional rail passengers.

“Stuttgart 21 offers absolutely nothing traffic-wise except for linking the convention centre with long-distance connections,” he said. “But it’s news to me if Stuttgart is supposedly an internationally important trade fair location.”

Naumann said Pro Bahn supported modernising the historic terminal building and dropping plans for expensive excavation work.

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“That’s enough, you don’t need an underground construction costing billions,” he said.

Deutsche Bahn CEO Rüdiger Grube proposed on Saturday a roundtable between opponents and supporters of Stuttgart's controversial railway construction.

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10:15 September 1, 2010 by moistvelvet
Well the building does look a bit naff, seems that Stuttgart didn't benefit from the city planning brought to many cities in northern/central Germany by USAF/RAF inc

Now if someone were to paint one of them forbidden symbols on it then they would have to pull it down!
10:58 September 1, 2010 by catjones
It's not as though this entire process started the day before demolition, only the so-called public outrage. If the protesters were so adamant, why didn't they voice their opposition and show their numbers long ago?

In any case, the public had many opportunities to vote out the public officials who are in favor of the project, but for some reason failed. Public works projects cannot be subject to referendum, that's why we have elected officials.
12:25 September 1, 2010 by chicagolive
This is just another neck-jerk reaction that the German public has been showing lately due to a whip up of the media. This project has been in the works for years, they have openly displayed the plans in the train station for a long time for all to see and I can't remember how many times people said this will be really nice and good for the city, and now all of a sudden they are all freaking out and crying wolf. Just like with Google it is almost a joke these reactions they are having now to this.
23:33 September 1, 2010 by crm114
@moistvelvet - that photograph is round the back and at the side, tradesmans entrance and does not look too good, especially with a bloody big hole in it, but Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof is a very grand building, and stands to this day despite the best efforts of the USAF, and as for Germany benefiting from post war city planning thats a joke right?
13:54 September 5, 2010 by JDee
I think the police estimates of numbers are more accurate, but for every person who actually makes the effort to get down there and protest there are probably another 2, 3.. who are also stronlgly against the project, but obviously not everyone is able or motivated to get to each and every protest event ( like me ). So this really is a big deal, if you extraploated that kind of support to a city the size of London you would be talking about millions of people. The protests have been going on regularly ( every Monday ) for a year or so and I have been hearing about the widespread opposition and dissapointment with this project since I first started visiting Stuttgart nearly 6 years ago. They did vote out many of the politicnas that pushed the project and the opposition Greens have taken control of the city council, unfortunately the contracts were already signed and apparently the city council do not have the legal power to reneige. I think I and many other people hoped that common sense would prevail and everyone is now shocked that they have started, hence the ramping up of the protests since they started more visible work. Please be aware that they have also been spending millions on PR for this project. I'm advised that the mainstream German media can appear quite biased in favour of the project. From my own observations the local papers don't even report many of the protest events even though they are definetlly big news. If you want to form an opinion about the project, please do your own research. ( addmitedly I should do some more myself too )
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