Chamber of Industry and Commerce Cottbus: Line expansion in Lusatia is not progressing

Cottbus (dpa / bb) – The economy in southern Brandenburg has criticized the sluggish planning of the federal government in the expansion of the rail infrastructure in Lusatia. The Cottbus Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) called for the establishment of a “task force” for the structural change projects. In fact, nothing happened more than two years after the Structural Strengthening Act, Jens Krause, responsible for mobility and infrastructure at the IHK, told the German Press Agency on Friday.

Of eleven specific rail projects financed by the federal government, only about three have even started the planning process. According to dpa information, the Berlin – Cottbus – Weißwasser – Görlitz route is among the projects that are not yet in the planning phase.

Among other things, a project pre-financed by the state – the second track for the Cottbus-Lübbenau route – is being sought as an implementation agreement. The connection to the road-rail transport terminal in Schwarzheide will also be built. For all other measures, the financing agreement has not even been signed, according to the IHK expert. Three quarters of the projects are not planned, let alone under construction. Such rail projects lasted up to 15 years. “We don’t have that much time anymore.” The union must stand by its word.

A conference of the infrastructure ministries of Brandenburg and Saxony on the expansion of the rail infrastructure in Lusatia will take place this Monday (September 26) on the subject. Rainer Genilke, State Secretary for Infrastructure in Brandenburg, and Thomas Kralinski, State Secretary in the Saxon State Ministry for Transport, want to provide information on the current planning status of railway infrastructure projects in Lusatia.

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