Thousands protest over new Stuttgart rail station

Freeway revolts in Russia and Rail revolts in Germany.
Reuters: Thousands protest over new Stuttgart rail station

“Ten of thousands took to the streets of Stuttgart Friday to join a demonstration against a new train station that began as a one-issue protest but has become a wider movement against German politicians in general.
Later in the day up to 50,000 people are expected to form a human chain, organizers said, and march against one of Germany’s biggest-ever building projects — demolishing Stuttgart’s landmark railway station and building an underground station.
Violence has erupted in the southern city this week as thousands have staged daily sit-down strikes trying to stop the 4.1 billion euro ($5 billion) project, which critics say is not needed and a waste of taxpayer money.

City, state and local officials spent 15 years working on the project to turn Stuttgart’s terminus station into an underground through station. They say it will cut down on travel times and open up a vast tract of inner city land to developers.
But critics say the costs, which studies have estimated could rise to 10 billion euros, make the project too expensive and will lead to higher ticket prices. They also warn the tunnel in Stuttgart, which lies in a valley, could flood.”