Klaus Thomas, Elke Greiff-Gossen, Rheinpassagen Citizens’ Initiative, Paris 4. Februar 2019
Permanent Rhine Crossing
We ask the UNESCO World Heritage Committee to urge the State Party of Germany, through the State of Rhineland-Palatinate, to undertake the following measures:
- To adopt a mobility concept for the Middle Rhine Valley, including an evaluation of the environmental impact of long-distance transport and traffic to the highways as well as additional traffic due to the termination of the ferry service;
- To revisit all previous expert opinions on road traffic (including the bridge design competition) based on applicable legal regulations and credible statistics;
- To formally acknowledge the ferries as an essential part of the Outstanding Universal Value of the cultural landscape of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley.
- To ensure that no major highway and bridge are constructed through the Middle Rhine Valley.