For years the city and canton have been trying to get the mega-projects bypass and through station up and running. With moderate success. But now things should finally move forward: The city council and cantonal government now want to tackle the projects promptly.
Councilor Marcel Schwerzmann (center) and Mayor Beat Züsli (left) signed a joint declaration of intent on the through station and bypass projects.
“If the city and the canton pursue common interests, it makes sense to tackle these projects together,” said Schwerzmann at the media conference. In attendance were government councilors Fabian Peter and Marcel Schwerzmann, city president Beat Züsli and city councilor Adrian Borgula.
This is what the through station Lucerne should look like. The project aims to bring more trains to Lucerne in the future.
The Lucerne city council and the cantonal government signed a joint declaration of intent on the through station and the Lucerne bypass on Monday.
The two infrastructure projects are to be advanced with the highest priority.
The Young Greens Lucerne are not satisfied. With the declaration of intent, the city council contradicts its own climate targets.
In the canton of Lucerne, two huge infrastructure projects are on the agenda for the next 15 to 20 years that will be of importance for all of Switzerland. With the through station, Lucerne is to become the new hub for north-south rail traffic. Cost point: 2.4 billion for the Lucerne train station alone. And the bypass should relieve the previous A2 and serve as a city motorway in Lucerne in the future. Cost: 1.7 billion Swiss francs.
Projects should be promoted with the highest priority
In order to advance the two major projects, the Lucerne city council and the cantonal government signed a joint declaration of intent on Monday. It stipulates that the key projects through station Lucerne and Bypass Lucerne as well as the related projects are to be “advanced and implemented with the highest priority”.
The declaration was signed by Mayor Beat Züsli (SP) and Council President Marcel Schwerzmann (independent) in the presence of the cantonal building, environment and economic director Fabian Peter (FDP) and the urban environment and mobility director Adrian Borgula (Greens). “If the city and the canton have common interests, it makes sense to tackle these projects together,” said Schwerzmann at the media conference.
Lucerne through station
The Lucerne through station project consists of three sections: the underground station, the Dreilinden tunnel and the Neustadt tunnel. Four tracks are to be created under the previous station. As a result, denser cycles can be run in regional and long-distance traffic. With the through station, for example, four long-distance trains and four S-Bahn trains are to run between Lucerne and Zurich per hour – today there are two each.
The Dreilinden tunnel, which crosses the Lucerne lake basin, is the connection to Zurich/Gotthard. The Neustadt tunnel connects the train station with the Bern/Basel lines.
The Ebikon, Emmenbrücke and Sursee train stations are also to be expanded as part of the project. In addition, a parking facility for passenger trains is to be built in Dierikon.
However, the two projects also mean a burden for the city. “The city can benefit from the results of the two projects, but will be severely affected during the construction period,” said Mayor Züsli. The construction of the through station has had a strong impact on the city center.
Objection of the city council against bypass
The two major projects, however, are not free from criticism. For example, the former SBB boss Benedikt Weibel told the “Tagesanzeiger” about the planned through station: “We shouldn't invest money in projects where the cost-benefit ratio isn't right. There would be smarter things. ” The resistance to the bypass is even greater – even from within our own ranks. The city of Lucerne objected to the project in order to bring about improvements. «The city council is mandated by parliament to speak out against the bypass if the demands are not met,» confirmed City Councilor Borgula.
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The Young Greens Lucerne even speak of an “embarrassing bypass action”. With the declaration of intent, the city council even contradicts its own climate strategy, the Young Greens write in a press release. City councilor Jona Studhalter said: “This action by the city council is completely wrong. It harms the climate, disregards parliamentary decisions and makes the city council unreliable as a body. »
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