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The group seemed to be in the crisis : the railway Board for the second crisis talks at the Ministry of transport

In two hours the problems of the German railway (DB). After his Meeting with the top management of the group on Tuesday the Federal Minister of transport, Andreas Scheuer (CSU), track boss Richard Lutz infrastructure-the management Board Ronald Pofalla and chief financial officer Alexander Doll for this Thursday has been loaded to a second crisis meeting to the Ministry. A further Meeting in January is planned.

"We have not accomplished everything," said Scheuer after the first conversation was "constructive and focused". "We need to be more specific." The policy – participated in were the Vice-chairmen, and transport policy spokesman of the government groups have formulated goals to be achieved by the railway in the short term. "The customer should feel in the first half of the year, improvements in punctuality, quality and Service," said Scheuer. So there would be, for example, rapidly further "plan corridors" for a better on-site management on busy routes.

railway officer is not "satisfied"

About additional financial needs, the possible sale of the foreign subsidiary, Arriva or structural changes in the group had not yet spoken in depth, said Scheuer. Conversations with the Householders of the coalition had already agreed. He wanted the greatest possible transparency, said Scheuer, and no "Side-meetings of the Supervisory Board". It was clear that the organization of the railway must be efficient. "We need to evaporation, the structures," the Minister said. At the same time, there is need for better co-ordination of small-scale businesses. In the matter of Arriva-sale, would bring in an estimated up to four billion euros, had not he determined. "We are not going to be a very interesting company, easily done in the market," added Scheuer.

to Be a railway officer, the Parliamentary state Secretary Enak Ferlemann (CDU), said after the Meeting that he was "satisfied". That you'll meet in two days again, "says much". The conversation had clearly fallen short of expectations.

Green see government obligation

"It was a good start," said a railway spokesman. "Today it was more about the Principle and the main lines. We have concrete measures and suggestions for improvement in the drawer, on Thursday they will be explained in Detail.“ Sören Bartol, SPD transport policy-makers and participants of the meeting, requested specifications by Scheuer. "Clear leadership is needed", he said. "No one should try, of its own political to deflect responsibility, as he begins debates on the future of the railway Board." The environmental transport club VCD see also the policy in the obligation. "The main responsibility for the problems of the German railway carries the Federal government," said the VCD. The poor condition of the railway was due to a "decades-long neglect of the rail network by the Federal government". Scheuer had to put the randomness in the investment and tax policy in the transport and "rail back financially to give strong wind".

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