Now the sound barrier has been broken: The subway extension to the Martinsried campus will no longer cost around 175 million euros, as was officially stated in recent months, but 212 million euros. This enormous number was named by the managing director of the project management company, Dimitri Steinke, to the visibly dismayed Planegger municipal council in the works committee on Monday evening. Steinke justified the forecast, among other things, with the Ukraine crisis, the corona pandemic, the associated inflation, but above all the latest state of the art, which one must follow. He assured that now the end of the flagpole was reached. It is assumed that there will be no further significant cost increases.
At the beginning of the planning for the approximately one-kilometer-long section of the U 6 from the clinic in Großhadern to the campus in Martinsried – almost 20 years ago – costs were assumed to be well below 80 million euros. The forecasts had increased practically every year since then, but the fact that it will now be considerably more than 200 million euros made some local councils swallow. Because the total costs for the so-called “brain train”, which creates the direct connection from the Martinsried campus to the Garching campus, logically also increase the costs that the Planegg municipality has to contribute proportionately. Instead of around two million, which was originally in the room, one has now arrived at 6.7 million euros.
“We’ve really worked through everything now,” assures the project manager
The number now given by Steinke consists of 187 million pure construction costs and 25 million euros for planning and other ancillary costs. This resulted in “a cash drop”, said Steinke: “We have really processed everything.” The figures up to the planned commissioning in 2027 have been confirmed by the responsible central construction company: “I think that’s a good sign.” The sum of 212 million already includes forecast price increases, i.e. the expected inflation.
Steinke was positive overall. A kilometer of subway costs around 200 million euros, he said; in Martinsried, with 187 million pure construction costs, the figure is even lower. “We’re in good shape. That’s reasonable and down-to-earth planning, you can work with it. The project is running.” Steinke said technical specifications had changed and there was also a “new safety standard”. His summary: “The costs follow the technology.” Rubble is already being removed from Würmtalstraße, and “a good deal of ground is already being moved”. The actual subway construction begins in February, and the symbolic groundbreaking is planned for February 6th.
According to Steinke’s explanations, there were hardly any requests to speak in the municipal council, most of the municipal councils seemed almost overwhelmed. Criticism came only from Peter von Schall-Riaucour (Pro Planegg and Martinsried). He wanted the project manager to provide “more precise information” about the individual cost increases and future prospects, especially with regard to the expected inflation: “After all, we as a community have to plan.” After all, one has now arrived at a further increase in costs of 20 percent. Steinke did not want to comment on this: “I have my reasons,” he said. Schall-Riaucour had his reservations recorded.