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21st century railroading

February 5, 2013

The rail project has stirred huge controversy. While proponents hope for better infrastructure, opponents criticise its mounting costs and the damage it does to the environment.

Gegner des Bahnprojekts Stuttgart 21 demonstrieren am Samstag (09.07.2011) vor dem Hauptbahnhof in Stuttgart. Zur Großdemo mit anschließender Menschenkette um den Bahnhof kamen mehrere tausend Menschen. Foto: Franziska Kraufmann dpa/lsw +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
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The 'Stuttgart 21' train station project in the southern German city of the same name has been controversial from the very beginning. Proponents hope the new, modern 'drive-thru' station will improve the city's economic and tourism prospects. Opponents criticize the high cost of the project and alleged damage to the environment.

DW takes a closer look at the arguments on both sides.

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