The second weekend with the nine-euro ticket started in Berlin with full and sometimes overcrowded trains.
Construction work on many routes annoyed passengers, five pairs of trains towards the Baltic Sea were cancelled. In the DB app, a “short-term staff shortage” was given as the reason on Saturday – also for Sunday.
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The staffing level at DB is so thin that no replacement engine driver can be found even for the next day. This affected the transfer connection from Berlin via Neustrelitz in the direction of Rostock. Ultimately, there was only a two-hour cycle in the direction of Rostock with the RE5.
“Use the RE5 trains from Berlin as a replacement,” tweeted the railway. A great tip: Because the through trains from Berlin were jammed full – and the passengers stranded in Neustrelitz were supposed to board these trains – after an hour’s waiting time.
In total, dozens of trains in the region and in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are canceled this weekend due to “short-term sick leave”, including on the RB24 (Berlin-Senftenberg) and the RB66 Angermünde-Stettin. Operations on the branch line from Pasewalk to the Ueckermünde excursion destination on the Szczecin Lagoon were completely suspended at the weekend. “No mobile connections could be determined,” said the DB app. Also here: “Short-term staff shortage”.
On Friday afternoon, the DB Regio subsidiary responsible for Berlin-Brandenburg sent this standard message to numerous trains on the RE1, RE3 and RE7 lines via Twitter: “Due to the exceptionally high number of passengers, it is no longer possible for other people to board or take bicycles with them possible. Please select another connection.”
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The negative highlight was this message from the train on Friday evening: “The bicycle car in RE3516 on line RE5 is closed due to a disruption” – that was the 5.43 p.m. train from the main station heading north, it was completely overcrowded.
On Thursday, the Berlin-Brandenburg transport association advised against trips to the Baltic Sea, “passengers and day-trippers should better explore other destinations in the region.” Because construction is going on on the important routes to the north: “Regional traffic will be strengthened once again by unavoidable construction work that is planned well in advance
restricted,” it said in a statement.
The RE3 is interrupted until Sunday morning between Berlin and Bernau, from Sunday morning the second route to the north will start with construction work: There will be no trains between Gesundbrunnen and Oranienburg until Tuesday. You can’t switch to the S-Bahn – because construction is also underway.
The S1 is interrupted between Birkenwerder and Oranienburg. All passengers should transfer to buses, the train said.
Due to construction work at the weekend, line RE7 is only a stub that commutes between Ostbahnhof and Borkheide. Day trippers come neither to the state garden show in Beelitz nor to the BER airport.
Anyone who looked around at Berlin train stations on Saturday morning saw numerous technical disruptions in addition to full trains. Doors, toilets or displays were defective in almost every train. The RE1 started fully occupied at the main station, “Do not board” was lit on the outside of the display. Doors were defective on several RE7 trains. Since the “Talent” railcars only have one door per car, this is annoying – especially in the bicycle compartment.
Apparently, many day trippers have heeded the warnings to do without the bike. So at 9.30 a.m. only three cyclists were waiting at Zoo station for the RE2 to Wismar. A woman ruthlessly rammed her racing bike into the crowded crowd in the entrance area of the Odeg train.
Meanwhile, the S-Bahn Berlin has now printed T-shirts with 9-euro motifs and is offering them for sale in their shop. So there is a white shirt with “Sylten so Bock had”. This refers to the fear of Sylt residents and business people from masses of cheap tourists on their island. The trains from Hamburg to the North Sea island were as full last weekend as those from Berlin to the Baltic Sea.