The Deutsche Bahn has laid since the rail reform, beginning in 1994, nationwide, more than 5400 kilometres of its route network to a standstill. The response of transport state Secretary Enak Ferlemann to a request of the Greens, from the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” in its weekend edition, quoted.

In operation, therefore, still a good 33,000 kilometers. Thus, the Federal government had abandoned its own group in the past 25 years, about 16 percent of its entire network.

The railway stressed, a range of decommissioning will only be considered if there are too few passengers or freight. For a route, the competent German Federal railway authority approved only if no other competitor is ready, the track continue to operate.

thousands of kilometers of new

The countries have as a purchaser of public transport services has a decisive influence on whether a route is decommissioned. In addition, the group have created in the same period, with new high-speed lines, more than a thousand kilometres of new offers.

Greens co-chair Anna Lena Baerbock criticized, rural regions would be suspended. Instead of expensive prestige projects and logistics projects on other continents, Deutsche Bahn needs to invest more in their core business, to transport people in Germany, cheap, and reliable, said Baerbock of the newspaper. Crucial for the Transport of a wide range of was network rail in all regions of Germany.

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