For the first time, the train ran on schedule again in mainz

For the first time, the train ran on schedule again in mainz

The next test will be the end of the school vacations on monday, when restrictions will apply again. Chief executive officer rudiger grube addressed customers for the first time since the staff shortages became known. "I expressly apologize for the problems that have arisen," he told "welt am sonntag" (wams). The train cancellations are "a gross embarrassment for the railroad," grube told the newspaper bild am sonntag (bams).

No more trains are to be cancelled in mainz on the other august weekends either. During the week, however, a restricted timetable will remain in effect until the end of the month. On saturday morning, the many "fallt aus" banners of the past few days had disappeared from the display boards at the main train station in mainz, and delays were within the usual range.

For two weeks now, trains at main station in mainz have been cancelled or had to be diverted. The reason is a shortage of personnel in the signal box. This had led to a nationwide debate about bottlenecks on the german railroads. Despite the emergency timetable, train services for schools during rush hour are to be largely secured for the start of school on monday after the summer vacations in rhineland-palatinate.

Federal transport minister peter ramsauer wants to reinvest a "large part" of the state-owned company’s dividend in the network as a consequence of the personnel chaos. The CSU politician told the news magazine "der spiegel" that the profits of the network division should also remain there. He conceded, however, that all this would take time.

SPD candidate for chancellor peer steinbruck had spoken out in the "bams" in favor of examining whether the federal government, as the owner of the railroad, could waive part of the controversial dividend. For the year 2012, deutsche bahn AG paid a compensation of 525 million euros to the federal government.

Grube stressed that management would work with the union to identify areas of understaffing in the group. However, he could not guarantee that there would be no more cancellations. "You can’t change the situation at the push of a button. Being a dispatcher is not just a job like flipping sausages at a chip shop," grube told "wams". However, countermeasures have been initiated: "above all, we will improve our early warning system to identify bottlenecks," grube stressed in the "bams" interview.

Transport minister ramsauer rejected the idea of separating the network and operations divisions in response to the crisis at the railroads. There are no supporters for this in the federal government. "We stand by the integrated group."Critics accuse the railroad of wanting to make high profits in the rail network sector and therefore not investing sufficiently. The result is bottlenecks like those at the main station in mainz.

The federal railway authority (EBA) has meanwhile demanded information from the railroad board on the staffing of signal boxes, on staffing levels and also on the training of specialists. "We are generally interested in the topic", gerald horster, president of the supervisory authority, told the "handelsblatt" newspaper (monday). "Not only in signal boxes."The current problems are being used as an opportunity to review all safety-relevant operational areas at deutsche bahn.

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