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Basel — Weil: cross-border tram project threatened

filed on: 05.10.2006 (5th Oct 2006)

Regular readers of this newslog will be aware that Basel is planning three cross-border tram links. Routes 3 and 11 will extend to St. Louis (France) and route 8 to Weil (Germany). A federal contribution of 39.5 million Franks towards the total costs of 79.5 million has been secured on the understanding that construction must begin by 2008. The overall financing is far from secure, however, as the towns being served must also cover part of the costs. The major of Weil, Wolfgang Dietz, has said that the 5 million Euros Weil must pay are beyond the town's means. A Basel politician, Helmut Hersberger, is suggesting that Basel should investigate whether it can increase its contribution. The traffic share of public transport between Weil and Basel is currently below 20 percent.

source: Bahnforum Schweiz

This news item is from the 2006 newslog.

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