The massive project, which aims to make Stuttgart part of a 1,500-kilometre high-speed rail route across Europe, and requires a dramatic re-landscaping of the city centre, has sparked huge protests in the southwestern city.
In one violent incident, police turned water cannon and pepper spray on a crowd that was blockading the Schlossgarten park, where 300 trees were due to be chopped down.
The demonstration gathered at the Brandenburg Gate late Tuesday morning. Demonstrations were set to continue from 5 pm at the Deutsche Bahn tower at Potsdamer Platz. Speakers will include theatre director Volker Lösch, Stuttgart councillor Hannes Rockenbauch, Left Party MP Sabine Leidig and Greens MP Winfried Hermann.
Stuttgart 21 will require 16 new tunnels, 18 new bridges, 60 kilometres of new train track and three new stations. Stuttgart's terminus will be transformed into an underground through-station. The cost of Stuttgart 21 project is estimated at €4.1 billion but related rail overhauls are expected to cost a further €3 billion.http://www.thelocal.de/society/20101026-30753.html
oharach wrote: »
The opposition to this project infuriates me.
They had all manner of public consultations before this project. It was democratically approved by the peoples' representatives.
The latest is that building has been suspended while mediation is carried on. Hopefully this will expose the holes in the opposition's arguments.