Kiel (dpa / lno) - The IHK Schleswig-Holstein considers the further construction of the Autobahn 20 to be sensible.

It remains one of the central infrastructure projects in northern Germany and is more than just a motorway, explained Managing Director Björn Ipsen on Wednesday.

To reduce the A20 solely to the costs of the infrastructure would be insufficient from the point of view of the economy.

The Chamber of Industry and Commerce reacted to the statement by the Federal Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND) the day before that the further construction of the A20 in Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony would be so expensive that it would no longer be economical.

According to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the benefits must also be reassessed when recalculating the costs.

That apparently did not happen in the BUND study.

"For Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and the Lower Elbe region, the A20 is a future axis that offers many opportunities," explained Ipsen.

"It increases the attractiveness of the region for skilled workers by reducing commuting times, shortens transport routes and strengthens tourism through better accessibility."

In addition, the motorway promotes economic and cultural exchange not only within Germany, but across borders - as far as Scandinavia, the Baltic States and the Netherlands.

According to the IHK, the figures in the BUND report do not correspond to those on which the federal government bases its planning.

In the case of large-scale projects, cost increases cannot always be avoided in view of lengthy planning and high environmental requirements, which correspond to the requirements of the BUND.

Cross-border benefits for people, the economy, the environment and regional development must also be taken into account.

That did not happen in the BUND study.

According to the study, the total costs for the new building could rise from 3.7 billion to at least 7 billion euros.


BUND study on the A20

State government to the A20