Coastal highway A20: protests before negotiations on further construction

Coastal Motorway A20: Protests before negotiations on further construction

Released on 31.05.80


  • A flag with the no to Autobahn 20 blows at a demonstration by BUND and Fridays for Future in front of the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig . Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa
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    It is supposed to connect the Netherlands, Northern Germany and Poland. But long stretches of the A20 lead through moors and wetlands that are important for the climate. Several farmers are also suing against the plans.

    Leipzig.

    Accompanied by protests from environmentalists, negotiations on the further construction of the so-called coastal motorway A20 in Lower Saxony before the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig.

    About two dozen activists called for a fundamental mobility turnaround in front of the courthouse in the morning . The banners said, among other things, “Meadows and forest instead of asphalt”.

    The Bund für Umwelt und Naturschutz Deutschland (BUND) and several farmers are suing against the plan approval decision for the first 13 kilometer long construction phase in north-western Lower Saxony from the A20 near Westerstede (Ammerland district) to the A28 near Jaderberg. The A20 is supposed to connect the Netherlands, Northern Germany and Poland. However, the motorway coming from Stettin in Poland has long ended east of Bad Segeberg in Schleswig-Holstein.

    According to the BUND, around 80 Percent of planned A13 through bogs and wetlands. “These are the most valuable CO2 stores that we have. With the construction of the motorway, they would be destroyed and drained,” said the federal chairman of BUND Olaf Bandt before the hearing. (dpa)

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