Is my train running? Can I make a connection? Train travel plans remain highly uncertain. Punctuality remained particularly low in July – and with the highest demand, current statistics show.
Everyone who traveled with Deutsche Bahn in July needed strong nerves again: for the second consecutive time, less than 60 percent of long-distance trains were on time last month, the group announced on Friday.
Only 59.9 percent. the journey has arrived at its destination at the scheduled time. The worst value since 2010 was achieved at 58% in the previous month. This means that the clear downward trend has been halted since the beginning of the year. However, the company is a long way from the target of an average of 80 percent this year’s punctuality target, which was once announced and has long since been harvested.
“Continued intensive construction activity across the DB network and the very high utilization of trains and central rail routes now have a big impact on punctuality,” the railway announced on Friday. The group counts the long-distance train as punctual as long as it does not reach its destination with a delay of more than six minutes.
High sick leave
This applies not only to long-distance trains. Passengers and employees also have to endure a lot in regional transport. Punctuality fell to well below 90 percent in June, which is particularly low in this segment. The current data for July was initially unavailable on Friday. The reason for this, in addition to the significantly increased demand, partly due to the € 9 ticket, is also the current high level of sickness leave, which, however, does not only apply to Deutsche Bahn.
The easing of the crown measures and the € 9 ticket introduced in June saw passenger numbers up 74 percent in the second quarter of last year, the Federal Statistical Office reported on Friday based on user data collected automatically from transport companies. Compared to the first quarter of the year, the number of passengers increased by 46%.
The data suggest that people also covered longer distances with the EUR 9 ticket. The transport performance of local railways, measured in passenger kilometers, more than doubled (113%) during the year. Trams and light rail vehicles traveled by 21 percent. more passengers than in the previous quarter and by 48 percent. more than in the corresponding quarter of the previous year. The increase was therefore lower than in rail transport. (dpa)