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Clean Air Plan for Bonn: Part of Reuterstrasse will soon have a speed limit of 30 km/h

Clean Air Plan for Bonn : Part of Reuterstrasse will soon have a speed limit of 30 km/h

Beginning January 1, 2020, a speed limit of 30 km/h will be enforced on the stretch of Reuterstrasse between Am Botanische Garten/Kirschallee and Bonner Talweg. It is being implemented in an attempt to clean up the air.

From January 1, 2020, Reuterstrasse between the streets Am Botanischen Garten/Kirschallee and Bonner Talweg will have a speed limit of 30 km/h. This is intended to reduce CO2 emissions to such an extent that a driving ban for some diesel and older petrol vehicles on Reuterstrasse, imposed by a Cologne court, can still be prevented.

The measure is part of the so-called Reuterstrasse relief package and has been determined by the Cologne district government in the revised air pollution control plan for Bonn. Further aspects of the air pollution plan are a change in the signage on the motorways around Bonn in order to divert traffic away from Reuterstrasse and via the motorways, especially in the south.

As reported, traffic on the A 565 coming from Cologne will be directed from the Bonn-Nord-Ost (north-east) intersection onto the A 59 towards Königswinter and over the South bridge (A 562) towards Bad Godesberg. Traffic coming from the north on the A 555 will also be routed over the North bridge to the north-east intersection and then over the South bridge to Bad Godesberg.

If you are coming from Koblenz on the A 565 to Bad Godesberg, you will no longer have to take Reuterstrasse, but instead the North and South bridges. This is intended to reduce traffic on Reuterstrasse in order to ensure an even flow of traffic there at a speed of 30 km/h.

Vanessa Nolte told the GA that she was still investigating what this signage would look like. The spokeswoman for the Cologne district government could not yet say when a final result would be available and when it would be implemented. The clean air plan also talks about an inflow control of the traffic to Reuterstrasse via a so-called access gate by traffic lights at the Poppelsdorf junction combined with a closure of the access road from Endenich in the direction of Poppelsdorf, Nolte continued. An expert opinion will be sought out first.

A high court in Münster invited settlement negotiations in connection with the lawsuit brought on by Deutsche Umwelthilfe (Environmental Action for Germany). The Administrative Court of Cologne decided in 2018 that there should be a ban on driving certain diesel vehicles and older petrol vehicles to reduce air pollution. The state lodged an appeal against the ruling, and it was then postponed to January 2020 due to the revised air pollution control plan.

On Wednesday, the City of Bonn also announced that it wanted to make a significant contribution to improving air quality at the city's critical points by introducing a number of measures such as bus retrofits, more buses and trains, more e-vehicles, better cycle paths and traffic control, thus preventing driving bans on the Belderberg as well.

(Orig. text: Lisa Inhoffen / Translation: ck)