Cuxhaven (dpa / lni) - The former Lower Saxony Environment Minister and Green Party politician Stefan Wenzel has massively criticized the plans for the construction of the Lower Saxony part of the A 20 coastal motorway.

Since the study by the Federation for the Environment and Nature Conservation (BUND), according to which the project could become drastically more expensive, it has been clear that it will develop into a "first-rate major damage in transport policy," said Wenzel on Sunday.

"The federal government is burning billions of dollars in disregard for nature and climate protection and in the end does not achieve any improvement in mobility in northern Germany," it says in a statement.

The funds from the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan should be used for the expansion of the railway and other climate-friendly mobility offers, demanded Wenzel.

He also demanded that at least a tenth of the funds from the A-20 budget should be paid into a fund to expand ferry traffic between Wischhafen-Glückstadt and Cuxhaven-Brunsbüttel.

Instead of 3.7 billion euros, the BUND expects construction costs of at least 7 billion euros for the coastal motorway.

With the help of the Elbe ferries "the quality of life in the district would be improved today, instead of spreading illusions of new speed routes in 20 years," said Wenzel.

In the economy too, doubts were growing about the usefulness of the A20 expansion: “The logistics companies also need solutions for today and not unfounded promises.

Nature conservation and agriculture are against it anyway. "


The A20 is intended to connect the Netherlands, Northern Germany and Poland.

With 121 kilometers on the Lower Saxony side, it is one of the most important infrastructure projects in the state.

The motorway coming from the Polish city of Stettin has long ended east of Bad Segeberg in Schleswig-Holstein.

The construction is always disputed.

Information on the coastal motorway and planning status

Planned route of the A20 in Lower Saxony

Information on the study