Mosel bridge opponents lobby German chancellor

  • Wednesday 13 May 2009

Opponents of a planned road bridge and motorway through some of the Mosel’s finest vineyards have made a last ditch appeal to the German Chancellor.

In an open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel, local campaigners have called for work to be stopped on a 160-metre high 4-lane highway bridge across the Mosel near Bernkastel in Germany. All legal challenges have failed and now they are appealing for media support to lobby politicians.

Ernst Loosen, who has vineyard land which will run below the new motorway, told decanter.com ‘There can be the biggest protests and nothing will happen. The vineyards are not important to the government. The road is not important at all, it will only save a 20 minute journey.’

Forest land above top-rated vineyards of Urzig, Zeltlingen and Wehlen will be flattened to make way for the road. It is feared this will create major drainage problems and cause high levels of pollution.

However, Markus Berg, a winemaker at Weinhaus Burg-Schneider, based 10km from the bridge, said: ‘Nothing can be done about it now. But I’m happy about it because we will bring more people to the area which will help tourism.’

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