Record number of passengers in Germany
Deutsche Bahn has announced that a record number of tickets have been sold for this year’s holiday season on DB Fernverkehr trains. In total, 3.2 million tickets were sold for trains that depart or plan to run from 22 to 28 December. For comparison, DB points to a record year 2019, when 2.8 million passengers used long-distance services in the same period. In 2021, it amounted to 1.6 million passengers. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to Nakolei.
During the holidays, rail traffic was generally stable and mostly free of problems. According to Deutsche Bahn, even on the busiest days, December 22 and 23, there were no significant restrictions.
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The record number of passengers did not result in all trains running full. Deutsche Bahn points out that such a record number of passengers has been made possible thanks to the new rolling stock.
Since December 11, passengers have been using 13,000 new seats on long-distance trains. This is due to the launch of ICE 4, as well as the recently introduced ICE 3neo. In addition, DB will launch a total of 80 additional services between December 22 and 28, with a total capacity of 40,000 passengers.
ICE 3neo is especially popular. Since the first trip with passengers on December 5, this new train has been running flawlessly. DB currently has four trains of this type with 14 more due next year. In total, in the next year the company will receive an average of three trains per month. Due to this, 2023 will be an absolute record year for the modernization of the park, Deutsche Bahn notes.
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