The ÖVP Donaustadt has been campaigning for the construction of the Lobau Autobahn for 30 years. Why is this so important to her?
Our first press release dates from September 1993. Without this connection, our region is only connected to the city through the eye of a needle. This makes social participation more difficult and quality of life less. Speaking of quality of life: Not only the residents but also the European heavy traffic – such as trucks from the Baltic States on the way to the port in Trieste – are stuck in traffic in the Danube city. Symbolism doesn’t get us anywhere.
The Greens argue that it would be better to invest in expanding public transport.
Given the large area of the district, it is unfortunately unrealistic to wait for public transport to be available across the board. We are not comparable to an inner-city district. Many people in the city on the Danube depend on the car.
The Greens warn of the consequences for the environment and climate.
Dust emissions are also a serious environmental pollutant! We invest in climate-friendly cars, but they also have to drive somewhere.
The Greens are demanding that the activists be involved and talk to them.
A cast is an aggressive, anti-dialogue form of argument. Discussions with the activists have so far been unsuccessful. The squatters are not even from our area, so they are not personally affected. For them, preventing the Lobau tunnel is part of their actionism for what they see as a “more climate-friendly world”. However, climate protection must not be played off against mobility! Reserving mobility for those who can set it right is unfair.
The city on the Danube continues to grow. Seestadt Aspern is currently being built
Almost 200,000 people live in Vienna-Donaustadt – another 60,000 are expected in the next few years. The stoppage of the Lobau tunnel also prevents affordable housing, reduces the quality of life and prevents the creation of jobs. Companies are thus driven a little further out of Vienna. Politics must take people’s needs seriously: and the Donaustadt should not become a bedroom community!
The project is also encountering resistance from the turquoise-green federal government of Climate Minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens) in the turquoise-green federal government.
Federal Minister Gewessler is a former Global 2000 activist. It is against this background that one has to see their politics. We have to find forms of sustainability and environmental protection that do not stand in the way of mobility and that take the realities of life of those affected seriously.
According to climate minister Gewessler, stopping the Lobau tunnel is legally permissible. Asfinag must coordinate its construction program with the ministry, which is stipulated in the Asfinag Enabling Act.
The legal experts argue about this. The project is part of the Federal Roads Act. The Lobau Tunnel is the most and best tested road project in Austria. According to reports, 59 million have already flowed into it. Livelihoods, jobs and hopes depend on this project.
How will you proceed?
I have put a parliamentary question to Minister Gewessler about this, but the answer is still pending. With the new information stand, the New People’s Party Vienna and Donaustadt will continue to work intensively on the demand for traffic relief for people. According to Minister Gewessler, there will also be further talks with the City of Vienna, and City Councilor Karl Mahrer will actively support this in the city government.