Berlin (dpa) – Deutsche Bahn long-distance trains are significantly more crowded during the current partial lockdown than during the first phase of strict Crown restrictions in spring. “The trains are more crowded than when they were blocked for the first time.
Our customers should be able to travel safely, so we keep our offer high, “said a railway spokeswoman for the German press agency. Previously, the “Bild am Sonntag” reported that the demand for train travel is currently approximately three times higher than in the spring, when strict measures to contain the corona pandemic were first applied, such as the extensive closures of hotels and restaurants and contact restrictions.
According to the report, 42 percent fewer people traveled long distances between the beginning of January and the end of October 2020 than in the same period last year. This year, 72 million passengers have traveled on long-distance trains so far, 53 million fewer than in the first ten months of 2019. Train utilization is currently between 20 and 25 percent.
Among other things, shorter trains and fewer international connections have reduced the number of seats available in long-distance traffic to 85 percent. To allow sufficient distance and more long-distance trips, the federal company wants to stick to the schedule and the route network.