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Salzburg hopes to strike a transport deal with Bavaria

The state of Salzburg no longer wants a toll road between the north and the south of the city of Salzburg. The state is hoping to implement the new free travel for their German neighbours in return for Bavaria’s cooperation surrounding the issue of aircraft noise.

Residents on the border between Austria and Germany have long been complaining about the noise pollution from Salzburg airport but with the new toll free road the two states are hoping to come to an understanding.

According to environmental councillor Walter Blachfellner, the main objective is however to make the journey of tourists from Bavaria, coming to shop in Austria that little bit easier.

Tourists from Bavaria, coming to shopping centres or exhibitions in Salzburg, more often than not travel through residential areas, despite the quickest way being on the motorway, causing real disturbance to the area’s inhabitants. The reason for this is the vignette which is required for vehicles travelling on motorways in Austria and which German tourists are disinclined to purchase for one visit.

The new motorway regulations are in turn hoped to calm the on-going row over aircraft noise from Salzburg in Bavaria. Blachfellner is currently in negotiations with the Austrian highway association to implement the road changes for their neighbours.

Blachfellner said, "I will speak with the German minister for Transport in March because it is an important topic, especially to negotiate the problem of aircraft noise. It is good if you can come to an agreement and present an alternative solution to the opposition. Then both sides win." In this case Blachfellner will give transport Minister Peter Ramsauer and other German drivers a free ride on the Salzburg motorway in return for understanding when it comes to aircraft noise.

Austrian Times

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