The railway Commissioner of the Federal government, Enak Ferlemann (CDU), has brought higher ticket prices into the conversation, in order to Finance investments in the railway transport. "The railroads could raise their rates or the special rates will reduce," said the Parliamentary state Secretary in the Federal Ministry of transport, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sunday newspaper. Also long distance buses would be more expensive, "the times of cutthroat competition are over," said Ferlemann its foray. It could not be the normal case, to drive for 19 euros across Germany. What it is not, of course: Such low prices, the Deutsche Bahn offers for just a very limited Ticket quota.
The Union politicians called for a rethinking of the policy and more investment in urban areas instead of in prestigious Expressways. He criticized but also the railway, and their demands for more money: "I hear the train: If you give us this or that more money will make everything better." But the opposite had occurred. Since one and a half years, there were huge problems in daily operations. As he say that as a railway officer: "you need to do your Job, the System must work. Before the policy, there is no money."
Green party leader, Anton Hofreiter criticized the move and called instead to make the railway more attractive. Higher ticket prices, he refused. He called on the government to invest more money. "A price increase would sabotage the development of the railway," said Hofreiter. Higher prices and lower offers would lead to that travelers switched to other means of transport. "The Federal government must give up your rail blockade at last," said Hofreiter. You would have to invest "much more money in the car and at the same time a radical reboot of the rail, so that the money is used wisely and not lost".
not to comment on the New talks between the railway and Ministry of transport on Wednesday
The railway was to the advance. The passenger Association Pro Bahn hold a discussion on higher prices in the whole of the transport for environmental reasons, said Association spokesman Karl-Peter Naumann. Price were increases from his point of view, but especially in road and air transport is necessary.
As a railway officer of the Federal government is not empowered Ferlemann of the Bahn AG to issue instructions. He bundles the railway policy of the Federal government as the owner of the car and is currently in negotiations together with the Minister of transport barn with rail-to-peak, so that there is, in the first half of the year improvements for the passengers in terms of Service and punctuality. Two Meetings already existed, the next is on Wednesday.
The runway had recently increased to the timetable change in early December its long-distance transport prices for 2019 by an average of 0.9 percent. Due to congestion in the rail network, construction sites and defects in the vehicles in 2018, on average in the year had come in every four long-distance trains of the Deutsche Bahn is too late. The railway is deeply in debt and needs billions for new investments.