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Stuttgart rail link continues to divide

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Stuttgart rail link continues to divide


The German city of Stuttgart is divided over a controversial rail project called Stuttgart 21.

Both supporters and opponents of the plan have taken to the streets in what is becoming a protracted and sometimes violent dispute.

The head of Deutsche Bahn, Rüdiger Grube, addressed a rally of those in favour of Stuttgart 21:

“We have a contract and if we don’t fulfil those contracts, think of all the legal problems I’ll have to deal with, I don’t want that.”

Stuttgart 21 is a massive project and will involve demolishing most of the city’s old train station replacing it with an underground facility as well as 16 new tunnels, 18 bridges and 60 kilometres of new track.

Deutsche Bahn argues that the changes will boost passenger numbers and improve rail links to Ulm and Munich.

The ‘no’ camp says it is a waste of money.

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