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As of: February 22, 2024 6:25 a.m

The new by means of station in Stuttgart ought to be accomplished in 2019 and value 2.5 billion euros. Today the estimated prices are 11.5 billion euros. The railway says the opening date is December 2025.

It is the biggest and doubtless most controversial building website in Germany. Delays and information about exploding prices repeatedly trigger destructive headlines for the “Stuttgart 21” rail venture.

However, the photographs from the development website now encourage many individuals. 28 chalice helps assist the roof, which is now closed. Daylight shines by means of the chalices into the large corridor the place the primary trains will quickly run. The play of sunshine nearly provides the room the texture of a cathedral.

The station has been below building for 14 years. Every day, over 500 employees attempt to stick with the tight schedule.

Once in a lifetime

Project supervisor Mark Theilemann is the pinnacle of the development website. A dream has come true for the civil engineer. He is accountable for your entire building of the brand new underground station. “Something like this only happens once in a career and I'm happy to be able to be a part of it.”

Theilemann has been concerned within the main venture from the start. The 52-year-old checks the development website twice per week, he says. For him, it’s at all times one thing very particular to see the development progress from one week to the following.

Today he begins his tour deep within the tunnel – within the so-called south head. There are plenty of employees scurrying between the tracks there. Gray, powerful concrete pours out of a big pipe at nice pace.

It should not harden too rapidly, in any other case it can crack, explains Wolfgang Kohnle. He is a foreman for the slab monitor and directs the sport in opposition to time.

The males need to concrete the ground of a complete of 24 switches. Four tracks lead in direction of the brand new underground station and are fanned out by these switches into the later eight tracks of the brand new station.

“Shake it down cleanly,” shouts Kohnle. He has his males below management and often reminds them to unfold the concrete cleanly into each final nook utilizing a vibrating machine.

Project supervisor Mark Theilemann is the pinnacle of the development website.

“No two parts are the same or off the shelf”

For venture supervisor Theilemann, issues at the moment are heading up from the depths of the tunnel. Twelve meters up the steps to the roof of the brand new prepare station. Here, massive metal elements grasp on a lot bigger cranes. They kind the body for the glass mild eyes that the employees assemble on the 28 goblet helps.

The civil engineer is now glad with the work on the sunshine eyes. “We have millimeter tolerances. Ultimately, this means that all the pieces have to fit together like a puzzle in order to then be welded.”

Halfway up the twelve-meter-high corridor, employees grasp massive metal beams from the ceiling. “We call them the biggest screws in the world,” says Mark Theilemann, who has now climbed again down.

The metal beams are the scaffolding for the footbridge on which passengers will finally get onto the tracks. And it’s exactly this in some unspecified time in the future that’s at the moment the primary downside for the venture supervisor. As of at the moment, based on Deutsche Bahn, it ought to be in December 2025. Then the trains ought to lastly roll into the brand new underground station.

The outdated terminus station had 16 tracks, the brand new one will solely have eight.

Criticism of the railway venture continues

The authentic opening date for the brand new by means of station was 2019. Actually, trains ought to have been working there way back the place there aren't even any tracks but. The prices for your entire venture are at the moment nearly 11.5 billion euros, greater than 4 occasions as a lot as as soon as deliberate. The outdated terminus station had 16 tracks, the brand new one will solely have eight.

Tens of 1000’s as soon as demonstrated right here in opposition to the venture. Today a few of them are nonetheless energetic and protesting in opposition to the brand new constructing. One of them is Werner Sauerborn. Leather jacket, grey hair, recumbent bike.

At the age of 74, Sauerborn is among the leaders of the resistance in opposition to Stuttgart 21. Together along with his colleagues, he organizes the vigil, a small inexperienced home close by of the development website. Here they distribute info brochures and clarify their view of the rail venture to passers-by.

At 74, Sauerborn is among the leaders of the resistance in opposition to Stuttgart 21.

“The train station won't work”

The predominant criticism is similar then as it’s at the moment. Firstly, it’s questionable by way of local weather coverage attributable to all of the concrete and secondly, the station won’t perform after completion, says Sauerborn.

“If you assume that there will only be half the number of tracks left, then you can imagine that it won't have twice the capacity and that's where the project suffers.” Sauerborn is subsequently calling for an instantaneous cease to building.

He continues to be of the opinion that the outdated terminus station ought to stay. This ought to be modernized and would then be extra environment friendly than the brand new underground station.

Sauerborn and his colleagues want to repurpose the brand new station corridor that has already been accomplished. If that they had their method, a brand new logistics middle or an vitality plant could possibly be constructed right here. The opponents of the underground station name these new concepts “Change 21”.

The railway doesn’t see the capability downside and repeatedly factors to a different particular function of the “Stuttgart 21” railway venture: by means of the entire digitalization of the railway junction, extra trains may drive into the station with shorter headways. Whether the idea works and the station actually works – he’ll solely be capable to show that after the opening.