At the train stations of the city of Zurich, on the Gold Coast, in Winterthur and Wetzikon decorated on blue-and-white posters the bold letters "Yes to the initiative on the Limmat Valley Railway". "Have not we voted on this before?" Asks the hurried passer-by, who at first glance does not realize that he rejects the light rail with a yes to the initiative.
In fact, nearly three years have passed since the vote in the canton on the gross loan of 510 million CHF for the construction of the Limmattalbahn. 64.5 percent of voters said yes at the time – but the affected region rejected the big project with 54.1 percent of voters; in the district capital Dietikon, the no-share was 64 percent.
The resistance was then ignited on the lines of the planned light rail. In Dietikon there were four on the front line Old municipal councilors for a tunnel in the center, also residents of the hospital district Schlieren demanded an underground solution. After the Volksverdikt in November 2015, the smoke seemed to have disappeared, the detailed planning of the first construction phase between Zurich Farbhof and Schlieren was in full swing. Almost a year later, a Dietikon District commission, supported by SVP politicians Hans-Peter Amrein and Lorenz Habicher, announced the launch of the cantonal folk initiative "Stop the Limmattalbahn – from Schlieren". She will be voting on September 23rd.
With a yes, the railway line between Schlieren and Killwangen-Spreitenbach would not be built. The canton of Zurich would have to write off 30 to 35 million planning services without equivalent; in the Canton of Aargau, according to Limmattalbahn AG, this would be 10 to 15 million francs. "Of course, that is a lot of money, but a long-term expense," says Arthur Hess, one of Dietikon's two old city councils, who are among the hard core of the initiative committee. "Dietikon's underground bypass has not been seriously tested. The argument of the groundwater was worn out, problems such as polluted locations and margins were simply ignored. That's why you have to go back to the books », is Hess's main argument.
Grow opponents in the boat
Just like its competitors, it considers a public transport system linked to the track obsolete. Nevertheless, he is not a fundamental opponent of the Limmat valley, the former city council holds – in contrast to his SVP colleague Hans Geiger from Weiningen, who braced himself against the project from the start. The emeritus professor at the Institute of Swiss Banking at the University of Zurich is a member of the Ecopop organization. Its purpose is to limit immigration to Switzerland and to curb the growth of the world's population.
For Geiger, the canton plan is also a nuisance. That is where the Limmat valley belongs to the densification areas that should catch up with growth. "Exactly the opposite should be the case," says Geiger, who finds the idea of a big city of Zurich-Baden "amazing". The Aargau government, which recently included the continuation of the Limmat valley between Killwangen-Spreitenbach and Baden in the roadmap, is precisely in this direction. That would amount to a demolition of construction tax for an amount of 50 million francs in the sand, Geiger says coldly: "What is spent is spent, this accounting principle was one of the first university lessons."
«Nonsensical» and «undemocratic»
The broad commission "No to half of the Limmattalbahn", which includes all the managers of the Limmattal communities, 300 members from the business community and politics and 22 parties and associations, sees things differently. "A termination of the exercise would be nonsensical, undemocratic and wasteful," said campaign leader Jasmina Ritz last week for the media in Zurich. The Limmattalbahn only works as a total project.
Using the example of Schlieren, the former mayor Toni Brühlmann-Jecklin (sp.) Pointed out the importance of a construction stop: the rails of the new railway have been moved over the past few months and the traffic management has been adjusted. The winged roof of the central stop on the future city square is visible, and the construction work has also flourished on Geissweid Square with the model stop of the new runway. Brühlmann concludes: "Without the continuation of the train to the Limmattal hospital, to the canton school Urdorf and Dietikon, this would all be regarded as an outgrowth of a gigantic misrepresentation."
Dietiker Burgemeester Roger Bachmann (svp.) Share this review. The executive power is closed behind the Limmattalbahn in its new composition, without forgetting the critical voices of its own population, he said for the media. The railway project would not only create infrastructure for public transport, but also in Dietikon millions would be invested in road construction, which would benefit motorized individual traffic and alleviate heavy traffic interchanges. "A no to the construction of the total distance of the Limmattalbahn would result in no improvement on the neuralgic points for a long time, on the contrary. In view of the expected increase in traffic, the problems are likely to increase, "warned Bachmann.
Do not shriek the momentum
As far as Schlieren is concerned, according to Bachmann, the new railway line is also relevant for Dietikon in the field of urban planning. Along the future route, there are many old buildings from the 1950s and 1960s. The city council has therefore drawn up guidelines for the renewal and consolidation of settlements with the aim of improving the quality of life and living in this urban environment. area & # 39 ;, as Bachmann said. First projects have already been realized. "The stop of the Limmattalbahn would give this momentum a positive momentum."
This is precisely the aim pursued by the promoters – and they feel that they are supported by the people, as emphasized by Bernhard Schmidt, the non-party chair of the initiative committee. "People are afraid of what's coming, I already felt before the referendum in 2015. But the authorities acted as if the Limmattal population wanted to take the job, which was a mistake." These fears must be taken seriously. He believes that the lesser evil is that, if the initiative were accepted, all road investments could be relieved to relieve the local centers. "Back on field 1" is the initiative committee's motto – that it is too late for many, the majority of the SVP critics do not care. But they are disappointed that they even leave their own party in the rain.