“If Deutsche Bahn would be a car manufacturer, would be mounted on the steering wheels at the rear and the wheels at the top” – a damning indictment, particularly when it comes from the company’s own employees. Train the Supervisory Board Klaus-Dieter Hommel had made his Anger about the Deutsche Bahn with these words, in the “world on Sunday (WamS)” air. “This is now a disaster event,” scolded Hommel, who is also Deputy chief of the railway and transport Union (EVG).

Hommel is not with criticism alone. Most recently, the Deutsche Bahn had missed its targets for the punctuality. Only about 70 percent of trains ran in November according to Plan. Add to this the difficult collective bargaining. Due to a Strike of the railway had on the 10. December nationwide long-distance transport set.

“It isn’t warned eh better”

The Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board and EVG chief Alexander Kirchner in front of a growing frustration among the employees. “Not a few think It is anyway not better. Many colleagues have lost hope,” said Kirchner, the editor-in network in Germany. “The colleagues in the trains and at the stations, are faced with the anger of the passengers of delays directly. You need to justify permanent for problems that they neither have nor can prevent it.” An analysis of the Federal fits interior Ministry, according to which the violent attacks on rail staff have clearly increased.

According to the “doublet” is also the capital requirements of Deutsche Bahn was significantly higher than the previously estimated four billion euros. Track boss Richard Lutz and network management Board Ronald Pofalla, must, according to the “doublet” at 15. January, to introduce in the Federal Ministry of transport key points for measures to improve the situation, and submit them to the Supervisory Board.

“I expect the Board of Directors, he explains comprehensible how the financial needs will be covered,” said Chairman of the Supervisory Board Michael Odenwald to the sheet. The railway intends to invest, in accordance with previous statements from its own resources in the next five years, five billion euros, in addition to trains and rail network. Four billion euros of which are not yet funded, as in the circuits of the control panel.

Recently, the transport Minister, Andreas Scheuer (CSU) had reminded us that the quality must rise to drive the track as quickly as possible. The Federal government sits as the owner representatives in the Supervisory Board monitor Management.

“The System tilts”

“The car is been driven over the years on wear and tear,” said EDC chief Kirchner. There is capacity in the infrastructure, the trains and the staff are missing. The result is that the System tilts gradually.”

At the Left in the Bundestag, calls for re-nationalization, according to. “What is the highly paid Board of Directors, the Manager and the Supervisory Board, head of the office in a long time. And collect a million salaries,” wrote the Parliamentary Secretary, Jan Korte, in a proposal to his group.

The railway is since 1994 a limited company, the shares belong to the Federal government. “No one can tell us that the train would run as a state authority, worse than now,” said Korte.

The First Parliamentary Manager of the FDP, Marco Buschmann, rejected the demand as “grotesque”. “Cause for the problems of poor Management and inadequate supervision. Therefore, the Minister of transport, scouring, and the Board of management are now required, and no recipes out of mothballs.”

a Union leader, Kirchner was not only the current Board and its predecessors the blame for the difficult situation: “the policy is responsible for the desolate state we have now: it has failed over the years, the necessary funds for the modernization of the infrastructure.”


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