Unabhängiger gemeinnütziger Verein gegen den Bau jeglicher neuer Hochleistungsstraßen im Nordosten Österreichs, insbesondere der S1 'Lobauautobahn'

Dear Guest in Vienna,
We, the ”The Environmental Initiative ”Rettet-die-Lobau” (”Save-the-Lobau”) want to inform you about our concern:
The city of Vienna plans to build two major motorways along and across the nature reserve ”Lobau – Danube National Park.
  • A motorway is planned to cross the Danube south-east of the city of Vienna in four parallel tunnels.
  • Two tunnels should reach the surface close to the centre of the nature reserve called the ”Panozza” lake area, which is a habitat of hundreds of rare animal and plant species.
  • Two other motorway tunnels should reach the surface in a residence area in the north-east of Vienna.
  •  Additionally a motorway should lead along the banks of the New Danube river bed which is frequented for swimming by thousands of Viennese people in summer.
Consequences of the planned motorways:
  • The Lobau region is part of the Danube National Park between Vienna and the Slowakian border. This internationally protected nature reserve is threatened by this motorway construction, by noise and exhaust gases from the traffic expected.
  • The recreation area along the river bank would be heavily disturbed by construction work during many years.
  • After completion, noise and toxic pollutants from the traffic in the several kilometre long tunnels would be ventilated with exhaust chimneys each 30–50 metres high.
  • Thousands of families living along the planned motorway would expect hazards through traffic noise and toxic traffic exhaust.

Actual situation of traffic planning in the region north and north east of Vienna
The main motorways in Vienna crossing the river Danube are blocked with traffic regularly. A series of studies on regional planning about the development of traffic in the region North and East of Vienna confirm that about 90 % of the expected raise of traffic will be commuters to Vienna.
While there are several new motorway routes in the state of planning or construction there is a huge deficit in public transport, as well in suburban and regional trains as in buses and trams in the outer parts of the city of Vienna.
Additionally the train connections to the Czech and Slowak republic have not been rebuilt after the fall of the Iron curtain. Parts of the tracks are not electrified, at several rail tracks only a few hundred metres of rail connection to cross the borders are still missing as if the Iron Curtain never had been removed.
e.g. The route from Vienna via Marchegg to Bratislava is still single track without electrification, the second track had been removed when these countries became Eastern bloc states.
Therefore we demand:
  • Cancel the motorway projects in the north and north-east of Vienna, esp. the Lobau motor way
  • Improve public transport by building capacity, intensifying frequence and optimising routes of public transport to support commuters and by constructing or renewing the railways.
Dear Guest,
We ask you to support our concern and to inform your friends and colleagues about it.
Contact and Information:
Initiative “Rettet-die-Lobau” (“Save the Lobau”)
Phone: 0664-9127260
www.lobau.org (Homepage in German language)


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Medieninhaberin: Initiative "Rettet-die-Lobau", Jutta Matysek, Polletstraße 46, 1220 Wien
Ansprechperson: Jutta Matysek, Tel.: +436769539779, natur-statt-beton@lobau.org
Ansprechperson: Stefan Wirius, Tel.: +436643544911, natur-statt-beton@chello.at
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