In the anticipation of Christmas is mixed in the case of rail passengers, as every year, a gloomy uncertainty: the German railway, the traffic chaos and the holidays, master?
"We have everything on the Track, what is available to us," affirmed on Monday a spokeswoman. She pointed to the conveniently located days to avenge the discharge promise. Because Christmas eve event on a Monday this year, begin the main travel-time on Thursday and Friday. "The spread to be better than last year."
Nevertheless, the railway expects an average 20 per cent more passengers on the 21. 22. December. In 2017, they transported alone on the 22. 23. December Of 800,000 Passengers. "We are going to Christmas travel nationwide, and all the days distributed to a total of 44 additional trains in use," said the spokeswoman. In addition, there is in the new roadmap, since the 9. December, on a schedule, more Links on busy routes – for example, on the route Berlin-Munich, on the five instead of the previous three sprint trains per day travel.
And The weather report announces for the coming days of spring-like temperatures. Snow that could put the brakes on the railway, should not, therefore, fall. So it is with the DB is optimistic that it will be before Christmas, only "one or the other fully-booked train," and otherwise, everything runs smoothly.
For the web-management to CEO Richard Lutz, it would be a Christmas gift in times of crisis. Because to celebrate anyone's currently in the mood in the Berlin rail-Tower. Acute not deal with the Board of management is only possible chaos days around Christmas.
Gdl-boss Weselsky brings go on strike in the game
the wage dispute with the train drivers ' Union Gdl is still not settled. According to the agreement reached with the EVG rail Union, on Friday, a strolling strike by the GDL train drivers even in the coming days in the room. Although the Union may not strike, as long as it has not called for mediation. GDL-boss Claus Weselsky had announced, however, that it is quite could be that the colleagues, "the shuffle of hundreds of hours of Overtime in front of you, now make use of its right to go in leisure". On Monday, the bodies of the Union to discuss the way forward in the collective conflict. "The explosive is still in the working time regulations," it said. That driver party actually before the Christmas Overtime and the rail operation, impede, keep in GDL circles, but this is unlikely.
on to the railway is made, meanwhile, political conflict with the railway-owner, the Federal government. So, the Federal government Commissioner for rail transport, Enak Ferlemann (CDU) had worsened, at the weekend, the sound and the DB-Board of management errors are accused of. "Concerned" in the government about how Lutz and his five colleagues on the Board led to the widely branched firm with numerous subsidiaries and levels of the hierarchy. With your power you could not be "satisfied". Back in January, the DB is to sketch top, as she wants to make the rail fit, in March the Federal government wants to see a concept for a rapid crisis management.
The Federal government tightened the tone
Ferlemanns notes to indicate that the patience of the government ends with the track Management slowly. Delays, quality and service deficiencies, the crumbling infrastructure, bottlenecks in network capacity, the loss-making cargo rail – the list of defects is the Federal government too long. A late realization of how critics think. 25 years after the railway reform, the on 1. January 1994 came into force, show that "the crisis of the railway has become a political crisis," said Peter Westenberger, Executive Director of the network of European Railways (NEE), on Monday, the daily mirror. The Railways need an "unsparing analysis of the problem, and a clear transport and railway policy announcement".
On the negative descriptions of a Condition, there is no lack. The Federal court of auditors complained recently to the inefficiency of the public rail financing. In spite of steadily increasing Federal funds – the train calls from the Federal government in the ongoing negotiations on the continuation of the service and financing agreement (Agreement), a billion Euro per year – will deteriorate in the railway infrastructure from year to year. The reasons: perverse incentives, bureaucracy, inefficient quality measures and sanctions.
the railway Board had Against a few weeks ago in an internal letter to Duplication, inefficiencies and too much - instead of to each other in the Management sharply criticized. Expenditure on external consultants should have capped rail chief Lutz now. The state-owned enterprises is reported to have spent from 2015 to 2018, more than half a billion euros for consultancy services.More about
train drivers ' Union GDL collective bargaining negotiations with the railway for failed
travelers who pack for Christmas, the case, have every reason to be nervous. In the eleven months of the current year, more than every fourth train in the DB came up in the cut-long-distance transport to be late, punctuality was an annual average of 74.7 percent, nearly 80 percent had made the railway.