Energy – Dresden – Structural change projects: associations see East Saxony left behind – economy

Dresden (dpa / sn) – After the announcement of the structural change projects, the passenger association Pro Bahn Mitteldeutschland sees the East Saxony region left behind. Of around a dozen promised transport projects, only four would be implemented in Lusatia, the passenger association criticized on Monday. The Dresden-Görlitz triangle was left empty-handed both on the railways and in the construction of the autobahn. In addition, there remains a non-electrified gap between Dresden and Arnsdorf. “In view of the hopes for the railroad expansion that were aroused with the coal phase-out program, this seems like a slap in the face for Eastern Saxony,” said Association Chairman Anja Schmotz.

The Upper Lusatia-Lower Silesia Transport Association (ZVON) also sees Upper Lusatia behind with the decisions. The selection of the measures in the region are incomprehensible, it said. The fear: long-distance transport companies will not bind the region as long as the routes can still only be used for diesel operation. The same applies to freight transport.

Less than a year after the decision to phase out coal, Saxony had agreed on specific projects in the two Saxon districts with the federal government and presented the plans on Friday. The federal government is contributing around 6.5 billion euros to its own projects for structural change in the Saxon coal fields. Not all of the hoped-for projects can be implemented – including the six-lane expansion of Autobahn 4 Dresden-Görlitz, the approximately 200-kilometer expressway between Leipzig and Lausitz (Milau) and the electrification of the Dresden-Görlitz and Dresden-Zittau train routes.

After criticizing the federal list, Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) met with Bautzen District Administrator Michael Harig and Bautzen Mayor Alexander Ahrens on Monday. “It is a good sign that the Prime Minister takes the critical voices from the district seriously and very quickly offered us a meeting,” said Harig. The head of government referred to the federal traffic route plan for the expansion of the motorway and also announced the electrification of the Dresden-Görlitz line. On Friday, Kretschmer referred to a review of the costs. “We take the state government at its word and expect the decision to electrify the Dresden-Görlitz railway line before the end of this year,” emphasized Harig.

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