The Unterschleissheim Greens want to stop the long-planned expansion of the A 92. Local politicians are convinced that the amount of traffic on the route will decrease sharply due to the corona pandemic and its expected consequences. Under these circumstances, the members of the environmental party no longer justify expanding the motorway from Munich to Deggendorf to six lanes in some areas. Instead, the existing lanes should be upgraded and effective noise protection for Unterschleißheim and the surrounding area should be built, they demand.
With its sudden advance, the eco party in the town council of Unterschleissheim is pretty alone. The other parties refused to support an application from the Greens and ÖDP faction in the city council. The A 92 is to be widened to six lanes between Feldmoching and Kreuz Neufahrn. In addition, the connection points in Ober- and Unterschleißheim will be changed. The expansion is currently still in the planning approval process; Unterschleissheim, as the municipality concerned, can issue a statement on each planning step. So far, it has also used this and brought in some demands for improved noise protection for local residents. The other parties consider that the fact that the city is now turning around and should completely reject the motorway expansion, as the Greens propose, is tactically unwise. A wider motorway could even bring relief to the citizens of Unterschleissheim, especially since the residents along the pond, because fewer motorists lead from and through the town, argued Mayor Christoph Böck (SPD). The expansion also gave the city the opportunity to stand up for better noise protection.
Some city councilors clearly consider it a naive assumption that the number of cars and trucks that travel on the A 92 every day will remain low after the Corona restrictions. The Greens, on the other hand, argue that work and mobility behavior will change sustainably through a significant increase in home office; this means that far fewer employees drive to work every day. In addition, companies have now focused more on the new digital possibilities, which means fewer air travel and more online conferences. “Corona changes everything,” emphasized Jürgen Radtke, deputy group leader in the city council.
Munich Airport, a central destination on the A 92, is also working under new conditions. The airport company brought up a 20 percent job cut. In addition to fewer business trips, people’s holiday behavior will also change, the Greens assume. However, the majority of the city council did not recognize such a turnaround in traffic on the horizon. With a majority decision, the city continues to support the motorway expansion, but demands a higher noise barrier.