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Stuttgart 21 rail project costs expected to surge

The Local · 23 Sep 2011, 10:56

Published: 23 Sep 2011 10:56 GMT+02:00

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The dailies Die Welt and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that project costs would likely remain under the €4.5-billion ceiling previously agreed upon by the project’s partners, but only just.

A spokesman for Stuttgart 21 declined to immediately confirm or deny the reports.

Stuttgart 21 consists of a massive construction effort, involving rebuilding the city’s main train station underground and turning it around 90 degrees, as well as laying 57 kilometres of new tracks. The aim is to make the city a major European rail hub.

But opponents mounted massive protests against the project last year, calling it too expensive and unnecessary. In October 2010, more than 100 demonstrators were injured in a violent clash with police. This summer nine police officers were hurt in further clashes.

Lengthy talks between state officials, national rail provider Deutsche Bahn and Stuttgart 21 opponents have taken place. But officials ultimately said they were making a few adjustments while still going ahead with the project, after a “stress test” in July showed the project should continue.

The latest news is likely to inflame activists who have long insisted that the project is wasteful and costly – and there’s no guarantee costs will stay below the ceiling, politicians fretted.

Winfried Hermann, Baden-Württemberg’s state transport minister, said he believes not all costs have been accounted for and that the final price-tag could top €4.5 billion.

Partners meet

A meeting is scheduled for Friday where partners funding the project, including state officials and Deutsche Bahn, will meet to discuss costs and the current situation.

But state officials, who have come under steep pressure to oppose Stuttgart 21, said Deutsche Bahn has been slow in providing required information.

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Documents on costs have only just been given to the government by the company, making a complete analysis difficult, a government spokesman said.

State premier Winfried Kretschmann lashed out at the conduct of Deutsche Bahn saying its slowness was an “indefensible practice.” Deutsche Bahn has denied being obstructive.

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11:58 September 23, 2011 by elboertjie
Anything where a government is involved, one hear about things being either more of less than expected, where the more or less points to a loss for society.

Read all those newspaper articles and see politicians speak on television: they are always 'surprised' by how things are turning out.

When will we as a society really learn that when politics, governments and regulations are the problem, that more of that is not the solution?
17:06 September 23, 2011 by derExDeutsche
@ elboertjie

'When will we as a society really learn that when politics, governments and regulations are the problem, that more of that is not the solution? '

Unfortunately, Govt. regulation creates whole industries that further support more regulation and taxes . They create markets for each other, build upon each other. the 'Green' industry being a favorite.

Lets face it, trains are already over priced. With new technology, they will become obsolete.
22:53 September 23, 2011 by pepsionice
Trains will still be running eighty years from now in Germany....so whatever they accomplish with Stuttgart 21....will be around for a pretty long time.

As for this price increase....look over evolving energy policy, evolving business requirements....and go figure that the cost of living over the next decade is going to pile up on the common German worker. Toss in increased health care costs, and gas & fuel costs.....and folks are going to become miserable.
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