German railways are not punctual
The punctuality of German long-distance trains is the lowest in the history of transport, according to Railway Supply magazine, citing Rynek Kolejowy.
Since 2020, the punctuality of German long-distance trains has been steadily declining. This year, on average, only 50 to 60% of long-distance trains reached their destination on time, according to the federal government’s response to a parliamentary inquiry from the opposition CDU party. The situation is better with regional transportation, here the punctuality rate regularly exceeds 90%.
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DB head Richard Lutz predicts overall train punctuality to be less than 70% per annum. The carrier’s goal is to reach 80% next year, but due to the congestion of the main hubs (Hamburg, Cologne, Mannheim, Ruhrstadt), this may not be feasible. To solve this problem, DB plans to hire 26,000 new employees. More than 80 additional trains will run on the tracks during the Christmas period, mainly on the heavily loaded Berlin-Stuttgart, Berlin-Munich and Berlin-Cologne lines.
In 2021, the carrier paid passengers more than 38 million euros in compensation for train delays. According to experts, this year the amount will be much higher.
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