Beuel To speed up bus and train traffic at Konrad-Adenauer-Platz, The Beuel district council will switch off the pedestrian crossing lights at Konrad-Adenauer-Platz for six months, starting in December.
Pedestrians who want to cross Konrad-Adenauer-Platz from Von-Sandt-Straße/Gottfried-Claren-Straße will have to use an alternative pedestrian crossing on the B56 starting next month. The reason is that the pedestrian lights, which have been controversial for years, will now be switched off for six months on a trial basis. This was decided by the Beuel district council by a narrow majority at the second attempt on Wednesday evening.
The second debate was also extremely controversial. In particular, members of the Green faction tried to change the opinion of colleagues from other parties. “The administration attaches completely the wrong importance to the crossing. The point here involves a time-saving for traffic of maximally 20 seconds”, heatedly explained Karl Uckermann. This does not justify the deprivation of an important street crossing for pedestrians. Peter Esch, head of the Bonn civil engineering office, rejected this: “The test phase will show whether the gain in time has a positive effect on the traffic flow between Bonn and Beuel”. Ralf Laubenthal (SPD) added that there were sufficient alternatives to the crossing in question.
Too many bus and train delays
Marco Rudolph (CDU) was clearly in favour of the trial: "Everyone in Bonn and Beuel is upset about the fact that buses and trains are constantly delayed. It might now be possible to gain up to 20 seconds because public transport no longer has to stop at a red traffic light at this point. Perhaps this will increase punctuality.” The counter-attack by Doro Schmitz (Green party): “To save 20 seconds we eliminate pedestrian traffic at this busy point. A great idea”, was unsuccessful.
The decision of the district council requires that the city administration, together with the involvement of the municipal utilities, report on the effects of the trial closure of the pedestrian crossing on rail routes 66 and 62, as well as on bus and pedestrian traffic shortly before the end of the test phase. In addition, the city should submit a proposal as to how the situation should continue at Konrad-Adenauer-Platz. Asked when the city of Bonn would switch off the pedestrian lights, Peter Esch replied that “the decision of the district council Beuel represents an urgent recommendation to the main committee. The city is now taking an urgent measure so that the expected positive effects on buses and trains can be felt as quickly as possible. Once the emergency decision has been taken, the crossing can be closed one or two days later.”
(Original text: Holger Willcke, Beuel editor, translation John Chandler)