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Faster border controls and less congestion on the route to Austria: Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, has tasked the federal state of Bavaria with quickly finding a solution regarding the enlargement of the border crossing points on the A 8 motorway at Walserberg and the A 3 motorway near Pocking.

Mr Scheuer said:

We will soon see congestion relief in the border region with Austria. I am very happy that we have been able to find a solution. The construction work will increase the border-crossing procedures for commuters, commercial traffic and tourists. The local residents will also benefit. When traffic flows safely and seamlessly on the motorways, the amount of traffic diverting to surrounding built-up areas is reduced.

In cooperation with ASFINAG, the Austrian motorway and express roads financing stock corporation, a third lane of about two kilometres will be constructed at the crossing point on the A 8 at Walserberg. On the German side, this lane will have a length of around 400 metres. For this purpose, the existing areas of the customs office will partly be used. In addition, the federal motorway will be partly widened.

The Federal Government has planned around 2 million euros of construction costs. The Motorway Directorate for Southern Bavaria is responsible for planning and implementing this work. The construction is due to be completed before the end of 2019.

In the case of the A 3 near Pocking, the border crossing point will be moved closer to the Austrian border. The Motorway Directorate for Southern Bavaria has already prepared a feasibility study examining whether a roadside rest area in the immediate vicinity of the Austrian border can be used as the border crossing point during the transitional phase. The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has issued the planning mandate. The Motorway Directorate estimates that the costs will amount to around ten million euros.