On the hottest day of the year so far, many rail travelers around Berlin had a hard time. While a particularly large number of people were planning trips in the summery weather on Saturday, many trains were canceled, were delayed or were very full.

The railway subsidiary DB Regio announced on Saturday for trains of several regional lines such as RE1, RE3 and RE4 via Twitter, for example, that “due to the exceptionally high number of passengers” no more people could board and no bicycles could be taken.

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When asked by dpa, a railway spokesman said that the nine-euro ticket was popular and meant that more people were traveling by bus and train. In the Berlin and Brandenburg region, however, construction sites and “a slightly higher level of sick leave” are currently also affecting the quality of regional transport, he emphasized.

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A spokesman for the Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) had already said on request before the weekend that passengers in both federal states would have to be prepared for train cancellations and delays due to staff shortages and construction sites.