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Transport policy : the Federal government calls for the rapid transformation of the group in the train

The Federal government criticized the performance of the German railway, and calls for a fundamental Reform. "We are concerned about how the DB-Board of management the railway System. With the performance, you can't be satisfied", said the Representative of the Federal government for the rail transport and state Secretary in the Federal Ministry of transport, Enak Ferlemann (CDU), to the "world on Sunday".

In the case of the railway restructuring was necessary. "We expect that the Board of management of the Federal government to submit, by March, corresponding to the concept," said Ferlemann. "The first results we want to hear when you have an appointment in January."

According to the sheet it is all about, to streamline the management structures and assign, among other things, the business areas of DB fernverkehr AG and DB Regio new, or to merge. Ferlemann power management error for the often poor performance of the railway.

on Saturday, criticism of the Deutsche Bahn in Switzerland according to. Quality defects and lack of investment at Deutsche Bahn AG led to problems on one of the most important European routes, said the head of the Swiss Federal office for transport (BAV), Peter Füglistaler.

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order Before the Federal court of auditors had criticised that the maintenance of the infrastructure, much of the course incorrectly and the Investment backlog was increasing despite the increase in Federal funds. A spokesman of the railway had rejected this criticism of the auditors.

"BamS": 2018 cost for external consultants in the amount of EUR 150 million

The "Bild am Sonntag" reported meanwhile that Deutsche Bahn have spent from 2015 to 2018 over half a billion euros for external consultants. In 2015, the company had paid around € 80 million to external consultants, in 2016, around EUR 120 million, in 2017 EUR 160 million, the "BamS". According to the newspaper it should be in this year about 150 million Euro.

train-in-chief Richard Lutz have therefore drawn the emergency brake. The group's Board of management had decided to cost for the coming year, a strong reduction of consulting, "which provides a Budget cap of 100 million euros," quoted the "BamS" a group spokesman.

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Torsten autumn, FDP Chairman of the transport Committee, braking, according to "BamS", "the strategy deficit in the DB group," not by the shopping of expensive consultants to solve. Neither the management Board nor the Supervisory Board had "a clear idea of what to make of the group in the future, and what is not". Given the high level of indebtedness of the company if it were to "weak leadership". This might not fix the "external consultants". (dpa, AFP)

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