Significantly fewer people take the train than usual, which is bad for Deutsche Bahn’s coffers, but helps them to be more punctual. After all, a goal that should be achieved this year.
Berlin (dpa) – Deutsche Bahn allows its customers to wait much less than last fall. As in September, 78.8 percent of long-distance trains arrived on time in October, as a rail spokesman for the German press agency said.
The on-time value for ICE and Intercities increased by 5.8 percentage points compared to October 2019. Due to the corona pandemic, only half of the people took long-distance transportation than before the crisis.
The train evaluates a stop as punctual if the train arrives less than six minutes after the schedule. Last year, the train did not meet its punctuality target.
This year it should get it done: except for August, it has always been and in some cases well above the predicted average value of 78 percent, even before the Crown crisis in January and February. After significant problems with delays in the last two years, a return to the best levels seen in 2016 and 2017 is in sight.
However, the federal company will suffer a loss of billions because there are no passengers. The railroad would not say whether fewer people were getting on in light of November’s restrictions on public life.
In early November, the federal company announced that it would follow the usual schedule with the exception of some trains. This helps passengers keep distance between them on the road.
The FDP in the Bundestag criticized the great offer. “Allowing near-empty ghost trains to pass through the country does not benefit passengers or taxpayers,” said transportation politician Torsten Herbst.
Long-distance trains run an average of 20,000 times across the country in normal months; local Deutsche Bahn trains, including the S-Bahn, make 780,000 trips.