The green climate minister Leonore Gewessler wants to make use of her right of veto and stop the construction of the Lobau tunnel. A demand that has been coming for weeks from the camp of eco-activists who want to make life more difficult for motorists in order to force them to switch to public transport and bicycles. The Viennese SPÖ in particular is pushing for the construction, because it is a central piece for the Vienna bypass. Without the Lobau tunnel, there is a risk of traffic chaos in the federal capital. As a kind of “compromise”, the approval of the rest of the S1, including the city street, is to take place – a project that is also a thorn in the side of eco-activists. At the request of eXXpress, the ministry neither wants to deny nor confirm this development. “So far, no press conference has been planned on the subject,” it says only briefly.
But behind closed doors it means that the minister wants to announce her decision publicly this week – and officially refer to the advice of experts. In fact, however, the Greens, who have fallen in favor of the electorate, are more likely to give in to the pressure of their own lobby groups, which have been running a protest camp for months and regularly organize demos against the important building project. Gewessler is unlikely to make friends with this decision: According to a “courier” report, both the city of Vienna and the Chamber of Commerce are already preparing lawsuits.
Just last week, the Green Minister called off two important road construction projects in Carinthia and Styria: On the one hand, the planning for the Klagenfurt expressway S 37. The gap in the Murtal expressway S36 is supposed to come, but not the connecting piece of the S36 the canceled S37. The planned extension of the A 9 from Graz to Wildon from two to three lanes is also on the brink. The countries are not happy about this – to put it mildly. Also because several million euros in tax money have already been invested in planning – possibly completely in vain.