The Green Party leadership has spoken out against the continuation of major road construction projects. You request a new schedule. Climate goals will receive more attention in the future.
A year before the federal elections, the Greens are calling for a radical rethink of German transport policy. In a joint initiative, the party and political group chairmen are in favor of a moratorium on the planning of motorways and national roads. “We need a different transport policy,” said party leader Annalena Baerbock of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. “The plans for highways and federal highways must be checked for compliance with climate objectives, necessity and economic efficiency,” said party chairman Anton Hofreiter.
Controversial construction project must be stopped
The currently highly controversial construction project, the further construction of the A49 in Hesse, should “stop now,” said Baerbock. Police had recently begun to clear protest camps. Activists are trying to stop the clearing of forests that has begun. New demonstrations were expected on Sunday.
The Greens are opposed to the long-term dominance of road planning in German transport policy. “The federal government’s transportation planning has cemented numerous road projects over the next decade and thwarted Germany’s climate goals,” Hofreiter said. The transport sector must also make a substantial contribution to solving the climate crisis. Instead of building more and more motorways and bypasses, the focus should be on a massive expansion of buses and trains, strengthening the bicycle offer and the networked mobility offer, the group chairman explains.
Car traffic is one of the greatest sins of the climate
Car traffic has been one of the biggest climate polluters in Germany for years. He is a major contributor to Germany’s failure to meet the requirements of the Paris Agreement. Nevertheless, the national priorities lie with road traffic. The federal trunk road network is already one of the densest in Europe, with 13,000 kilometers of motorways and 38,000 kilometers of federal roads. The Federal Department of Transportation’s schedule foresees about 80 new construction projects and more than 200 motorway expansion projects by 2030. During the same period, the current Federal Transportation Infrastructure Plan – the blueprint for transportation planning here in the country – foresees investments of 270 billion euros. Half of the money goes to roads, 40 percent to railways and the rest to rivers and canals.
Baerbock calls for a quick response based on the example of the A49 in Hesse. “The extension of the 49 is wrong in terms of transport policy, environmental policy and climate policy.” CDU, SPD and FDP are said to have ridden on the autobahn for decades. “And at a time when global warming is accelerating dramatically. Therefore: The federal government must now stop building the A49 so that the valuable trees can remain,” said Baerbock. Federal Minister of Transport Andreas Scheuer is the client. He’s in control, must execute the Hessian state government. Baerbock puts Hesse’s green transport minister Tarek Al-Wazir in a difficult position. Although he did not support the project, he must implement it as a coalition partner of the CDU.