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▷ Traffic turnaround in crawl / comment by Isabell Jürgens on the new Berlin …


30.10.2021 – 18:50

BERLIN MORGENPOST

Berlin (ots)

In short: The enormous planning lead time – if you deduct the construction time, it’s a good five years – which the comparatively simple route in Adlershof required, also leads to suspicion that the 15 tram projects that are still to be implemented will take many years to decades will be kept waiting. If the new red-green-red Senate doesn’t go one step further, the “tram offensive” will proceed just as slowly as before in the next five years – and the better accessibility of many districts by tram will remain an unfulfilled promise. That doesn’t bode well for the traffic turnaround.

The full comment: Berlin’s Green Transport Senator Regine Günther proudly announces that in the red-red-green legislative period that is now coming to an end, a “tram offensive” has been launched, “as it has not been since the fall of the Berlin Wall”. As proof of performance for this “important part of the traffic turnaround”, the Senator is still using the 2.7 kilometer long new line opened in Adlershof, which was completed in just one and a half years. With all the joy: On closer inspection, the supposed flagship project reveals above all the enormous problems with which transport projects in Berlin had and still have to struggle.

The project “New tram line Adlershof II”, as the project is officially called, is by no means one that was initiated by the red-red-green coalition. Rather, it was initiated and proclaimed by a red-black senate squad, by the then Transport Senator Andreas Geisel (SPD) – long before Günther started their “tram offensive”. Geisel announced it on his first days in office – in January 2015, almost seven years ago and thus almost two years before Günther took over the office.

The enormous planning lead time – if you deduct the construction time, it’s a good five years – which the comparatively simple route in Adlershof required, also gives rise to suspicion that the 15 tram projects that are still to be implemented will be many years or decades away let be.

If the new red-green-red Senate doesn’t go one step further, the “tram offensive” will proceed just as slowly as before in the next five years – and the better accessibility of many districts by tram will remain an unfulfilled promise. That doesn’t bode well for the traffic turnaround.

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