The route variant for the tram line 4 from Bocklemünd via Brauweiler and Glessen to Niederaussem continues to cause a lot of turmoil in the abbey town. Nothing has been decided yet. So far there is only one preliminary study. But apparently many citizens are against a section of the route leading over Helmholzstrasse.
In the meantime, more than 1,300 people have joined a petition entitled “No train through Brauweiler”. The initiator of the petition, Peter Rack, announced that the signatures were collected within 90 days.
Helmholtzstrasse only option
“The published preliminary study raised many questions for me, and it was important to me to inform those affected about this project and to create a platform for public exchange,” said Rack, explaining his commitment.
The Helmholtzstrasse was originally not intended as a route section, but was then evaluated as the only possible variant in the preliminary study for Brauweiler. Alternative routes should also no longer be evaluated in the feasibility study. “This is how you put the citizen in front of a fait accompli,” says Rack.
“We can’t want that”
The signatories of the petition wanted Helmholzstrasse to be preserved as a green, quiet residential area. “A train through Helmholtzstrasse would destroy the village character of Brauweiler and separate the place into two parts with the necessary noise protection and security measures. We can’t want that, ”says Rack.
The signatories continued to criticize that the prospect of federal and state funding is not high. The variant “would just about be eligible for funding, since the economic benefit is minimally higher than the costs”, Rack argues further. In addition, studies have shown that home office and online shopping are changing mobility behavior over the long term and that the demand for public transport is falling, to name just a few points of criticism.
Costs and benefits
The family man emphasizes that he and all the others are not against the railway per se, but against the route over Helmholtzstrasse. It is important to them that the costs for the construction and operation of the railway and the benefits are calculated transparently and realistically, but “alternative public transport concepts such as hydrogen-powered buses and e-mobility are also taken into account”.
Peter Rack describes the exchange with Mayor Frank Keppeler on the occasion of the handing over of the signatures as objective and relaxed. The mayor showed great understanding for the concerns of the citizens. But he also made it clear that the advantages and disadvantages had to be weighed before decisions that were not only made in Pulheim. “He also pointed out that in the course of the feasibility study, alternative routes for Brauweiler should be examined and the cost-benefit analysis must be comprehensible and realistic,” said Rack.
Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.
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