Refusal to Expand Tesla Giga Berlin Will Lead to Delays in Infrastructure Development, Ministry Warns

Tesla Giga Berlin is a huge driver of development in Brandenburg and the area around the factory. The company is awaiting approval of its expansion plans and failure to do so will delay infrastructure development in the region, warns the state infrastructure ministry.

The Ministry is concerned that local citizens may not realize the real positive impact that the expansion of Giga Berlin will have. Therefore, it warns of a significant burden on the region if a development plan is not defined. The cancellation of B-Plan #60 will significantly slow infrastructure development in the region and prevent the transition of trucks to rail transport, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday (via Potsdamer Neuesten Nachrichten.)

According to the ministry, Plan B is needed for public road infrastructure around Giga Berlin. For example, the new state road 386, the overpass over the Fangschleise level crossing, and the development of the new Fangschleise railway station could be impacted. According to the department, the cancellation of Plan B will lead to a significant delay in the implementation of public infrastructure, since separate procedures in the field of construction law will be required, notes Vision Mobility.

Tesla’s Giga Berlin expansion includes the construction of a freight station, warehouses, and a kindergarten in Grünheide on land next to the factory premises. For the expansion, about 100 hectares of pine plantations will be cut down. With the implementation of the plan, freight transportation would be facilitated, and the impact of trucks on the environment and traffic on nearby roads would be significantly reduced. The company says at least 1,000 trucks will be off the road when the freight station is built. Public infrastructure can also be implemented faster. Tesla hopes that all measures can be completed by 2026.

Deutsche Bahn projects with a new Fangschleuse station and an interchange station will be approved through separate approval procedures, according to the ministry. Failure of the development plan could lead to a four-year delay due to the need for redevelopment and a tight construction timeline, it said. In the case of such a delay, the completion of both projects will be possible no earlier than 2030, and not 2026.

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