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HB-Velotunnel will only be built in 2022

With the Velo under the Zurich main station through the plans for such underground connection and rolls around the city for years. To the routing in the empty highway tunnel between Sihlquai in a circle 5, and the Sihlpost in district 4, a Element of the never completed city motorway under the HB, which today serves partially as an underground bike station.

Originally, the Velotunnel 2014 should be opened. However, this schedule proved to be much too ambitious. There were delays, and now it turns out: construction is scheduled to begin at the earliest in the spring of 2022. This is evident from the urgent request of GLP, SP and Green, you submitted just in the city Parliament.

puzzles about the reasons

The reference to the renewed delay in the accounts of the city of Zurich for the year 2018, more precisely, in a marginal note to the investment of the cleaners and maintenance. To the attention of GLP-municipal Council Sven Sobernheim. "This means a delay of about ten years," he wonders.

Particularly disturbing for him is that the city Council last year, at the presentation of the Negrellistegs – the planned pedestrian bridge have not explained about the track field at the HB, the Veloverbindung it is so relevant, because soon the Cycling city tunnel come.

GLP, SP and the greens are now demanding from the city Council ultimately information about how it could come to the massive delays and how to do it. When comes the instruction to the municipal Council? When is the opening? Only problem is that the way it look, not dare to in the city, especially on a deadline, says Sobernheim.

Why is facing problems it so? "Different locations were identified as Laggards," says the GLP-man. First the Canton, then the Federal roads office (Astra) as the owner of the car rail stub, sign-in, apparently, once again claims to the Tunnel. Added to this are technical difficulties because of underground pipes and open-ended questions like those, whether and which of electric scooters in the future, in the Tunnel are allowed to drive.

The Interpellanten want to know which agencies have what are the requirements that go beyond those of the urban civil engineering office and the Department for transport, which are solved already.

you can request information about how long the city tunnel can be used due to the agreement with the Astra expected. According to Sobernheim, it was seen in the answers to questions to the bill 2018, that questions about the possible Dismantling of the Velotunnels posed a greater Problem.

cost of 34 million

Also in the case of other transport politicians in the municipal Council-seated frustration about the delay deep. "For me, it is not clear why it takes so long," says Markus Knauss (Green) – especially since it was a very important connection for Cyclists.

of Course, technical problems such as the rising of the underpass in district 5, and of course, the negotiations with the Canton and the Astra are hard to come by. But Knauss also wonders whether the competent civil engineering head Richard Wolff (AL) "is really the necessary political sensitivity to this Central and important Veloverbindung exist".

Pascal Lamprecht (SP) finds it incomprehensible that the city Council's instruction to the Velotunnel still have to wait. He is feared because of the delays, the negative impact on other veloinfrastruktur projects around the station.

For the construction of the Velotunnels is expected to have a total cost of 34 million Swiss francs, the share the city and the Canton, such as civil engineering, head of Wolff in December, said. Recent inquiries to the city Council pointed out according to GLP politicians Sobernheim, that the share of the cost to the city will amount to more than 20 million Swiss francs. What the Voters will have the last word in the endless matter. Expected to 2020.

(Tages-Anzeiger)

Created: 13.05.2019, 21:37 PM

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