According to Deutsche Bahn, there was a lot going on on the second weekend with a 9-euro ticket, but train traffic was stable. “We had expected a high number of passengers, especially along the tourist routes,” said a company spokesman on Sunday. That has been confirmed. The routes that were heavily used included connections between Berlin and the Baltic Sea.
According to information from the news magazine “Spiegel”, an internal projection by Deutsche Bahn shows an increase in passenger numbers in regional and S-Bahn trains by 25 percent compared to the previous month. Overall, around ten percent more travelers are traveling by train than before the corona pandemic.
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In the capital, the day before, an overcrowded regional train towards the Baltic Sea was only able to depart from Gesundbrunnen station with a delay. First of all, railway employees had to ask passengers to get off on Saturday. This also affected passengers who were traveling with bicycles.
There was a disturbance on Saturday evening in Freiburg. According to DB Regio, the station there was temporarily closed because people were on a route. Delays and partial failures of connections were the result. The cross-border train connection between Müllheim in southern Baden and Mulhouse in Alsace (Mulhouse) fell out on Sunday afternoon due to a lack of staff. Instead, buses should drive.
According to Deutsche Bahn, 50 additional trains will be used on tourist routes. This helps ensure that traffic is stable, said the railway spokesman. The additional trains correspond to about 250 trips a day.