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Basel railway junction should be expanded further

16.01.2018

Basel railway junction should be expanded further

The Basel Chamber of Commerce feels that the Federal Council’s proposal on expanding rail capacity does not give sufficient weight to the importance of Basel’s railway junction. It considers a complete expansion of the railway junction and the assumption of costs as minimum requirements.

The Basel Chamber of Commerce writes in a statement that it welcomes the expansion plans for the Basel railway junction as formulated in the Federal Council’s consultation proposal. However, it regards the proposed measures in passenger and freight transport as insufficient. The Basel economic region with its life sciences and logistics sectors depends on good accessibility, which is why the Basel Chamber of Commerce is calling for significant improvements to the proposal.

The main requirement of the Basel Chamber of Commerce is a complete expansion of the railway junction “with the core in the ‘Hoch Y’ version”, including stations, access routes and cross-border projects. The Hoch Y version is an aboveground connection to the SBB railway station, the Badischer Bahnhof station and the St.Johann station.

The Basel Chamber of Commerce is calling for the complete expansion to be included in the STEP 2030/35 expansion phase and for the Railway Act to be amended so that rail infrastructure projects can be planned and implemented by third parties. Binding cost reimbursements by the Federal Government and a corresponding adjustment of the federal decree and commitment loan are also part of the Basel Chamber of Commerce’s demands. It considers the complete expansion and assumption of costs as minimum requirements.

The Basel Chamber of Commerce also points out that the growth in passenger service is pushing the rail infrastructure to its limits. The Basel region is an important transport hub in the trinational area, yet it does not have a modern suburban railway network that “takes into account growth prospects and the federal government’s targets for transferring freight from road to rail”.

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