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Bahn CEO warns of financial claim if Stuttgart 21 blocked

The Local · 9 Apr 2011, 12:53

Published: 09 Apr 2011 12:53 GMT+02:00

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"Stuttgart 21 is happening, with 100-percent certainty," Grube told Bild am Sonntag, addressing speculation that the defeat of Baden-Württemberg's centre-right coalition in March elections could put the project's future in question.

The environmentalist Greens have joined forces with the Social Democrats after the two parties took 24 percent and 23 percent of the state vote, respectively.

"We have watertight contracts with the state of Baden-Württemberg," Grube said. "And if someone there thinks he'd like to pull out of the project, he should also tell all of the partners where we should send the bill."

A report published last week in the Stuttgarter Zeitung said Deutsche Bahn board member Volker Kefer and Stuttgart Mayor Wolfgang Schuster of the conservative Christian Democratic Union had recently discussed by phone whether the city would be held to a financial agreement that includes penalties if the project is cancelled.

"Our claims would run at about €1.5 billion," Grube told Bild am Sonntag. "In the event of a withdrawal, we would have to recoup our money. As the chief executive officer of a corporation, I am simply bound to do so."

The project must undergo a "stress test," but Grube said Deutsche Bahn was confident the railway station would withstand the scrutiny.

The massive effort to make Stuttgart a European transport hub requires 16 new tunnels, 18 new bridges, 60 kilometres of new train track and three new stations, including a new underground through-station.

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The project is unpopular among many residents in Baden-Württemberg's state capital, and has prompted a number of large-scale demonstrations.

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13:24 April 9, 2011 by Freeman
Money is a weapon here... and there.. and there ...and...
16:15 April 9, 2011 by pepsionice
The best and only hopeful thing for a Green to hope on....is simply to request trees be planted around town as part of the Stuttgart 21 project. What isn't spoken about here is simply the cost of changes or deletions. If you were thinking of changing 30 percent of the project....it'd require at least a year of planning and several public meetings, with delay costs now passed onto the city. Basically, the Green tendency to "fix" things, would simply add tax burden onto the city for years and years.
17:43 April 9, 2011 by toemag
A claim is just that, doesn't mean that they'll ever see a penny of it ;-)

Maybe now the DB will stop and consider what it is about before throwing any more money at the wall, and maybe actually start putting their money into the service that they already have.....
20:21 April 9, 2011 by ECSNatale
Greedy, arrogant SOBs... that should be Deutsche Bahn's new slogan; at least it would be accurate.
20:26 April 9, 2011 by Landmine
I rather put up with the construction and noise of Stuttgart 21 moving forward than with the protesters. Their pointless demonstrations create massive traffic jams and nothing but noise for something that has already been decided.
09:19 April 10, 2011 by trash head
> Their pointless demonstrations create massive traffic jams

Huh ?!
16:08 April 10, 2011 by hanskarl
"Basically, the Green tendency to "fix" things, would simply add tax burden onto the city for years and years."

What less do you expect from tree huggers? Their fixes will cost not just €1.5 Billion but far far more when all is done. I tend to agree with Herr Rüdiger Grube since any business signs a contract based on agreed upon conditions. You just cannot wholistically wipe a contract off the books midstream.

In reality Greens are Marxists using the Green movement as an agenda to hide their real purposes and colors. They care very little about what is lost. It is the plan that matters and not the people. Argumentum ad misericordium and argumentum ad populum are merely tools and their means to an end.
16:34 April 10, 2011 by Landmine

Every time they demonstrate her in Stuttgart, roads get closed off along the protest route and it creates huge traffic jams around the downtown area.
17:20 April 12, 2011 by neunElf
Yes, those bastards at DB, imagine themI actually expecting to live by the rule of law!

Laws are out, feelings are all that matter!

Don't confuse a Green party member with the facts. It distracts them from their childlike yearning for utopia.
13:02 April 15, 2011 by Universalismus
€1.5 billion? How does he come up with this number? I think its Mappus that wants a piece of the pie.

Ok so lets pay this guy €1.5Bill. And force him to sell off the rattling old trains to buy new ones (Nürnberg nach Stuttgart Regional)


Why? NO! they are K@cke. SOBs is like painting them pretty.


Pointless? sure, true, oh.. but... Demos rock the foundations of DAS VOLK. Its like getting high being at a Demo. So take the U-bahn instead, last I heard its still running.

Arnulf-Kletz-Platz, Theodor-Heuss straße, Friedichstraße and behind Rotehbuhlplatz. Thats Stuttgart downtown punkt.

You know Demos are announced, much better prepared than any other country I know of. Radio, TV, Flyers, word of mouth. Instead of crying you should join in, to help end this whole fiasco and not have any more cut down trees, plucked eyeballs and raged citizens.
18:15 April 30, 2011 by Landmine

Why bother joining the loosing team? Trees are down, plans are laid, money is spent. Waste of time for anyone who thinks otherwise...
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