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Crisis conversation, to the train: Only one Meeting is not enough

Rapport at seven o'clock in the Morning: the time, summoned the Minister of transport Scheuer railway chief Lutz had, was clear. Afterwards, it was clear that The two have to talk.

By Alex Krämer, ARD-capital Studio

Hopefully Richard Lutz early risers. The time not have today just passed, says transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, therefore, he wants to see the rail head strongly again, this Thursday, at the same time. Since all were awake, says the Minister confident, because: "The early bird catches the worm." And he expresses the hope that, the web offer then "specific measures which we have already discussed today-all".

In this discussion, it was all about punctuality. Noticeable improvements he expects from the railway, says Scheuer, even in this half of the year. He leaves open, however, what exactly does he mean by noticeable.

the Minister and The railway chief had to discuss - such as last October. And on Thursday they will meet again.


The railway is fighting for that long too little to the network has been invested. This leads to interference. And - this sounds a bit of a paradox - at the same time she is struggling with this, that now a lot will be invested on construction sites lead to even more disruption.

Now, construction and operation should be better co-ordinated, respectively, along longer sections of the route. Here, employees in a "giant control room would coordinate" to "large control screens" the track, know the Minister, in order to minimize delays - in the past, you would sit "all of the separately distributed" on the routes.

On the completely congested connection Dortmund-Cologne, the railway has tried this, the punctuality has been better. Therefore, it should now run on other congested sections similar, around Hamburg, for example, between Fulda and Mannheim or Würzburg and Nuremberg.

And more money is also essential

it is Clear, however: these emergency measures, the railway is in need of simply more money, if only because it has been agreed with the trade unions, strong salary increases - after all, you want to be attractive for much-needed new staff.

As we plan yet to come, says Scheuer, on the financial line will be. He'll talk about it with the Budget and the Ministry of Finance. First of all, but it is about "the specific improvement to a citizens 'rail with concrete measures".

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