Erfurt (dpa/th) - In several municipalities in Thuringia, additional parking spaces are to be created to make it easier to switch to buses and trains. In the medium term, there are plans to further expand park-and-ride capacities in the city, said a spokeswoman for the Erfurt city administration in a survey by the German Press Agency. For example, according to the responsible district office, the district of Schmalkalden-Meiningen is planning to create a modern car park at Grimmenthal train station so that bus, train and car traffic can be linked even better.
In some places, however, the designation of additional parking spaces for commuters has so far failed. For example, another commuter car park would be desirable in the east of Weimar, said a spokesman for the city administration there. So far, however, it has not been possible to find sufficient space for this.
From the information provided by the municipalities, but also by public utilities, it is clear that the recent sharp rise in fuel prices did not lead to more people leaving their cars at home, at least until the introduction of the nine-euro ticket on June 1st board buses or trains.