When traffic jams: The number of commuters in Braunschweig has reached a new peak. Last year, about 65,000 people came to work outside the city, 32% more than in 2000. At that time, Braunschweig still had about 49,000 so-called commuters, as reported IG Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt.
The IG BAU relies on an ongoing evaluation of the Federal Institute for Building Research, Urban Planning and Land Use Planning. Trade Unionist Karl-Heinz Ehrenberg speaks of an "alarming trend". The lack of affordable housing in cities is one of the main reasons for the expansion of the pendulum. "However, a growing number of people can no longer afford the high rents and prices of real estate where many jobs have been created in recent years," said district president of IG BAU Braunschweig -Goslar.
The result is always longer traffic jams and congested trains. Ehrenberg points out that travel to the workplace is now commonplace in Braunschweig. "Not only are we wasting valuable time for family, friends and recreation, the environment also suffers from driving." According to the Federal Environment Agency, just under a fifth of CO2 emissions in Germany are attributable to traffic.
IG BAU warns against an increase in the number of commuters if the housing should stop working. What is needed is a "radical reversal" of housing policy.
"The public sector needs to invest much more than before to create affordable housing in major cities and metropolitan areas, and most importantly, there is a lack of social and affordable housing," says Ehrenberg. However, massive investments are also needed in the area of transport infrastructure to relieve commuters.
"There is a lot of catching up to do, especially on railways, roads and bike paths," says Ehrenberg. Companies could also make a decisive contribution to "pendulum frustration" – by making it easier for employees to work flexibly or at home.
The commuter problem in Braunschweig is part of a national trend: according to the Federal Employment Agency, 39% of employees subject to social security went to work in another city or district last year .