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Hamburg: driving bans postponed

The completion of the conversion work on the magnificent Jungfernstieg boulevard in Hamburg city centre is delayed until 2022.

The Jungfernstieg was one of the first names to be given when the pandemic favoured the idea of purifying city centres in terms of traffic. The world-famous shopping street on the Binnenalster was supposed to have been rebuilt next year in autumn, but now Hamburg's transport committee chairwoman Heike Sudmann (left) sees this date in serious danger. The main reason for the delay is the plan to suspend or postpone construction work during the Advent season so as not to further jeopardise the Christmas business in the first Corona year. The retail trade breathes a sigh of relief, but the left-wing politician is sure of the ridicule due to the delay until spring 2022, but she for her part is unwavering: "It's nice that something is happening. But what is missing is a traffic concept for the city centre that really says: 'We want a car-free city centre!

The Jungfernstieg is one of several streets in Germany that are "falling victim" to the traffic turnaround and are being freed from individual traffic. In Berlin, too, two more streets (Unter den Linden, Bergmannstrasse) are under discussion for redesign in addition to the already traffic-calmed Friedrichstrasse. 

Good news from Hamburg for all suppliers and forwarding agents.