It stays with Limone: Even after a renewed review of the selected route for the Brenner feeder, which has been heavily criticized in the region, the railway is sticking to its decision from July. She informed about this in a press release on Thursday evening, after representatives of the region and the political representatives at state, federal and European level had also been informed.
The railway initially examined a total of five possible routes for the rail access to the Brenner. The decision was finally made in July for the Limone route. Coming from Ostermünchen in the district of Rosenheim, this runs directly past the small towns of Niclasreuth and Dorfen in the municipality of Aßling, before the new tracks at Lorenzenberg disappear into an approximately 1.5-kilometer-long tunnel. This ends at Hamberg, from where the route via Schammach and Taglaching near Kirchseeon is rejoined with the existing route. While the railway planners speak of a “milestone”, many in the region do not share this view at all: They would have liked the turquoise route, which would run close to the existing tracks. An Aßlinger engineer had also accused the railways of making mistakes in evaluating the route variants.
DB then agreed to an open-ended review of the technical assessment. The result is now available and, according to the railways, confirms the advantages of the Limone route. From the point of view of the experts and appraisers, all points of criticism have been refuted, according to a press release from Deutsche Bahn. With a stress test, DB also considered the entire system of new and existing routes with regard to noise and vibrations. This approach was a key demand from critics. As a result, however, the Limone variant remains in first place here as well.
“The result of the check is clear. The assessment method used for the route selection process is correct. The stress test also showed that the result remains stable even when the system put forward by critics is used,” explains Matthias Neumaier, DB’s overall project manager. Lemon remains the variant with the most benefit points and the best cost-effectiveness ratio. It relieves people on the existing line of noisy freight traffic. “In the future, the bypass route will carry the vast majority of freight traffic. This means that it will be much quieter along the existing route in the future,” says Neumaier. From today’s 146 freight trains on the existing route, only 28 will remain on the day in the future. Overall, the test results showed “that the corresponding sub-criteria in the route selection process were correctly evaluated and the assumed errors did not apply,” emphasizes the railway.