Hamburg’s mobility shift: CDU attacks green transport senator Tjarx

Hamburg Disagreement over mobility transmission

“Green Transport senator wants to get the car out of our city”

Angus Tjärkes, Senator for Transport and Mobility in Hamburg, shortly after taking up his post at Jungfernstieg Angus Tjärkes, Senator for Transport and Mobility in Hamburg, shortly after taking up his post at Jungfernstieg

Angus Tjärkes, Senator for Transport and Mobility in Hamburg, shortly after taking up his post at Jungfernstieg

Source: Berthold Fabricius / The World

From the CDU’s point of view, the traffic issue will be “crucial” in the upcoming Hamburg poll, after all, the green transportation senator is making a fuss about people “every day”. However, the senator realizes that a change is taking place in the city – away from the car.

HIt was like the old days when the 123 members of parliament in Hamburg gathered for their meeting on Wednesday. Not only did the state parliament meet again in the historic plenary for the first time in the current legislature instead of meeting in the city hall’s grand ballroom with a Plexiglas shielded due to the pandemic. Opposition leader Dennis Tring has also slipped into his previous role, often attacking the Senate’s mobility visions as the transport policy spokesman for the CDU parliamentary group.

Since 2020, Thering – 38, a trained banker and political science student, has worked at home in Alstertal – as the leader of a parliamentary group for Christian Democrats, who have now registered his hobby horse and transport policy at the current hour. Titled “Construction site chaos, metropolitan traffic jams, residents’ parking areas, erratic buses and trains, stumbles hazards as far as the eye can see – red and green transportation policy has failed.” déjà vu for vigilant observers, as elected representatives of the people have struggled for a decade over better transportation policy in the Hanseatic city.

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The roles have been distributed more clearly since the 2020 state election: Green Transportation Senator Angus Tejaris has not only adopted the word “mobility transition” in the name of his power, but has since pushed the project resolutely forward — much to the suspicion of longtime transportation politician Tring. And so the opposition politician returned to his old form on Wednesday and sharply criticized the red-green Senate of Mayor Peter Chencher (SPD). “Hamburg was and will be the traffic jam capital of Germany,” said the Christian Democrat, speaking of an “intolerable situation”.

Accordingly, road users in cars, trucks or motorcycles need an average of 31 percent longer than is necessary under ideal conditions. Complaints from Hamburg residents and businesses increased. “The red and green transportation policy leaves the engines of our economy stuck in traffic, no matter the losses,” Thring stressed, adding, “The damage to industry and small and medium-sized businesses is enormous. The ideological transportation policy of the SPD and the Green Party is costing jobs.” .

Whether from the port business, the Chamber of Commerce or the Chamber of Crafts – in the opinion of the opposition leader, everyone complains about “unbearable conditions on the streets of Hamburg”. There is a lack of reasonable coordination on the construction site, coordination with the surrounding area and digital transmission systems and networks. Instead, red and green serve to “continuous destruction of parking lots, expansion of questionable parking areas, and new fee increases.”

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In addition, Mayor Peter Chencher (SPD) said green traffic jam senator Tejarx was “allowed to switch and rule as he liked”, said Thring-W: Green traffic senator Tejarx “began to drive the car out of our city.” This is why Hamburg “finally needs a single-source transport policy”, according to Thring, whose views described left-wing MP Heike Sudmann as “recluse forests” and far from a “big city CDU”.

SPD MP Ole Thorben Buschhäuter confirmed: “If anything fails, this is a traffic policy that depends only on the car.” CDU’s repeated criticism of the capital’s alleged traffic congestion and construction site chaos is nothing but a “powerless struggle” to get attention.

Meanwhile, green parliamentary group leader Dominic Lorenzen described Thring’s topic – transport policy – as embarrassing because “there are so many more important things that MPs have to discuss”. Lorenzen cited “the war in Europe, the social and economic consequences of the Hamburg epidemic and the Hamburg professors of the energy crisis and global climate security” as examples.

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Transportation Senator Tjarx, who was attacked by Thring, dismissed the allegations. “If we want to maintain and improve mobility, we need a shift in mobility and the situation in which people take up less space.” Hamburg is expanding local public transport and space for cyclists and pedestrians. “Under my leadership, the traffic authority has renovated 450 kilometers of city streets in the last two years, and that’s a huge increase, and I think it’s true,” said Tjarkes, who claims to do it for “drivers.”

His conclusion: red and green create ‘contemporary mobility’, construction sites are well curated, and the shift in navigation works. Because: “We’ve seen a 20 percent increase in bike traffic for two years, and we’re less than 20 percent in car traffic.” This is an expression of the fact that the city is changing, according to the Green Transportation Senator.

According to non-FDP MP Anna von Trionfels Freuen, Red-Green “constantly leads the city into chaos with an ideological transfer policy”. State-of-the-art transportation is everywhere: for example, the permanent pop-up bike paths traversed by bus lanes pose such great dangers to cyclists. The Senate should change course in favor of a modern mobility policy, make public transportation more accurate and competitive, establish effective construction site coordination and expand the charging station structure faster.

Meanwhile, opposition leader Thring announced on Wednesday that he would continue discussing traffic in the future. After all, “the people of the city are tamed every day by the policy of red and green transportation.” In this regard, the topic in 2025 will be “decisive”. Then Hamburg elects a new nationality.

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