Traffic and Bottleneck Analysis in the Airport Vicinity


IHK Study Makes Clear Need for Action

The airport region has been known as one of the most thriving locations in Germany for years now. IHK Cottbus wanted to know what effects the development of the upcoming BER Airport is having on the surrounding area from a traffic point of view. They appointed traffic planning companies SPV Spreeplan Verkehr and PST Werder one year ago with the task of scrutinizing the traffic situation around BER in order to identify bottlenecks.

Increased Base Load of Traffic

Their scrutiny resulted in a comprehensive analysis of the developments in the airport region’s traffic. The analysts considered both current and future traffic in a 30 kilometre radius around Schönefeld. In this analysis, they empirically show how, due to growing local towns, the new industrial location as well as the BER’s predicted passenger growth are set to prove a great challenge. The traffic experts presume half a million more cars on the roads by the year 2040, the expectations for local public transport are similar. But the study also explains that, for the most part, the increased traffic is not a result of the airport, but rather a result of the economic and population developments within the airport’s vicinity.

The numbers are overwhelming in reference to residents and workplaces: 67,000 additional residents are set to move into the region by 2040 alone. According to Spreeplan and PST, 1,100 hectares of additional land will be used for the development of the industrial area. “Considering the area’s dynamic development, we expect 135,000 new workplaces by 2040”, says Bertram Teschner from Spreeplan.

Urgent adjustments to roads, rail tracks, and bus transport are being called for, as set out in a 16-point catalogue of measures. “Measures taken need to be initiated now in order for the growth to remain controllable”, says Jens Krause from IHK Cottbus. Following the Dresdner Bahn’s ground-breaking ceremony, the public transport connection to BER will also be taking on a new dynamic.

In-depth look at the Landtag

On the 11th of March 2019, representatives from IHK, surveyors, the BER forum for dialogue, the Brandenburg Ministry of Infrastructure, and the airport company are set to take part in a discussion with lawmakers in a BER select committee. The discussion will regard which parameters need to urgently be brought in by politicians in order to be able to address the bottlenecks. Airport CEO Engelbert Lütke Daldrup explicitly welcomed the study, explaining that “This IHK study sets out important measures for road construction and an U-Bahn extension, so that the thriving airport region can also work well in the future as regards to traffic. The airport company has made its provisions to accommodate airport traffic with a train station underneath the guest terminal and a sufficient amount of parking spaces. BER’s good rail connection will also make sure that, in the long term, road traffic does not become a problem as a result of the airport.”

Traffic and Bottleneck Analysis at a Glance

  • Investigation into 2020-2040 traffic volume

By 2040:

  • 500,000 additional vehicles in transit in the airport vicinity every day
  • 67,000 new residents
  • Around 1,100 hectares of new designated industry area
  • Around 135,000 new workplaces expected
  • 600,000 additional public transport passengers

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