For those of you who have been following the story of the Monster Mosel Bridge that threatens some of the world’s most treasured Riesling vineyards, here’s latest update from Sarah Washington of stop-the-bridge.org.
On her blog, Sarah writes:
“Today we have some useful news. Ulrike Höfken and Jutta Blatzheim-Roegler of the Green Party have pressed the national Ministry of Transport for a new cost-benefit analysis of the project, as the last one dates from 1992. They have finally received a reply.
In 1992 the ratio was 3.4 to 1. That means that for every Euro spent the project was estimated to generate 3.4 in return.
During the recent round of spending cuts, the Federal Minister for Transport Peter Ramsauer announced that no projects would get the go ahead which came in with a figure of less than 4 to 1. This fact was heartening for us, but it did not seem to be strong enough for the Ministry to stop a project already underway.
The newly calculated figure shows a current cost-benefit ratio of only 1.8 to 1. This is so appallingly low that it might just help our cause. The Greens now call for the project to be buried and in its place a regional transport strategy implemented which can support the economic interests of the Middle Mosel – namely tourism and wine.”
Check the blog for all the latest developments, including the government’s cutting of trees above one of the most sensitive sites on the B50 route above Wehlener Sonnenuhr as well as photos from the December 3 protest at which Minister Hering received his award for ‘Hypocrite of the Year’ from the campaign group Pro-Mosel.
For more information on what you can do to help stop the bridge, go to Stop-the-Bridge.org.