The Federal government requires a comprehensive restructuring of the group: transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, and the leadership of the Deutsche Bahn are again come to talks on ways out of the crisis of the state group. Track boss Richard Lutz will present concrete measures on how the trains are punctual and the Service can be improved.

CSU-Minister Scheuer had said after a first Meeting in Berlin on Tuesday, for rail customers, it should be up to the summer of noticeable improvements. Due to congestion on the rail network, construction sites and defects in the vehicles of every four long-distance trains of the Deutsche Bahn was in 2018, an annual average of late. The group missed its target significantly.

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The railway Board to go wrong was submitted in December an “Agenda for a better railway,” with dozens of individual measures. However, the Federal government requires the rail of a comprehensive approach, how the company can be set up from scratch. Among other things, there are Considerations to sell the profitable foreign subsidiary, DB Arriva, in order to get money for trains and rail network in Germany.

The railway is deeply in debt and needs billions more, such as the modernization of your network. Up to the year 2022, the group needed almost five billion euros in addition. Alone, 2019 are missing according to the Supervisory Board, EUR 2.2 billion for immediate investments.

passenger Association: the Largest rail problems in the long term, solvable

The passenger Association Pro Bahn, warned the Meeting against too high expectations. Quick solutions could also be at the Meeting, not found, said the honorary Chairman Karl-Peter Naumann. “Most of it is just make in the long term.”

Relatively quickly, the Deutsche Bahn could hire more staff to have a better maintenance of the trains or more train drivers, said Naumann. But even that will only after a half or three-quarters of a year to become effective, because the new employees would have to be incorporated. For the Information of passengers in case of disruptions, as well as in the organization, such as in the case of construction site schedules, we could improve the processes quickly.

most of The other difficulties could only be in the long term, and with more money to fix. The sluggish Expansion of heavily loaded lines, you can’t blame the train. Rather, it would have Federal and state politicians failed for years to take care of the infrastructure of the Rail. “The problems are known, the projects must only be implemented,” said Naumann.

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The managing Director of the transport Alliance pro-Rail Alliance, Dirk Flege, said, without a strengthening of rail freight transport, the Federal government could not achieve its transport and environmental policy objectives. “I understand the complaints about poor punctuality values in passenger transport. According to my impression, but the political debate focuses too much on the problems of the long-distance transport of passengers.” Only if the Federal government strength of rail transport in total, could be a reversal of the trend.


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