25. 10. 12. - 15:41
Lower Austria expands park and ride as firms leave Vienna
Lower Austria is planning to make almost 4,000 new parking spaces available to help commuters travel to and from the capital after parking became far more difficult with the expansion of the short parking area.
The move follows criticism from Lower Austrian governor Erwin Pröll (ÖVP) who had asked for a relaxation of the short parking rules that disadvantaged people living in lower Austria.
Vienna's Vienna's mayor Michael Häupl (SPÖ) however had rejected anything other than small cosmetic changes and rejected suggestions that they want to drive away commuters who wanted to travel to the city to work.
For her part however the city's transport minister Maria Vassilakou from the green party has made it clear she wants to see short parking zone is extended to cover the entire city and has already said she is prepared to hold talks with the districts of Währing and Döbling which until now have opted not to be included in the short parking zone – but where as a result there is now very few spare parking spaces.
Lower Austria wants to make sure that the 4000 extra parking facilities are available by the year 2015 of which 830 should be available for use by December of this year. That will include 600 in Tullnerfeld and in Strasshof an der Nordbahn another 300 and in Ebreichsdorf 140.
Pröll said that the latest expansion of the short parking zone area had affected 16,000 commuters from lower Austria who needed to be helped with extra parking spaces that would allow them to then take public transport into Vienna.
The move is likely to cost the region some €25 million but Governor Pröll said he was pleased with the short-term solution.
The move will mean that lower Austria is providing parking for around 33,000 cars and 22,000 places for cycles to be left.
Pröll also took the opportunity to warn Vienna's Mayor Häupl the businesses will be leaving the city.
He said: "In the last few weeks we have had a flood of requests from firms in the city who want to move to lower Austria because of the short parking zones which are put unreasonable demands on their ability to operate."