German high-speed railway backbone closed for maintenance

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    MartinJ
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    A crucial part of German Railways’ high-speed network will be closed for maintenance from 23 April to 8 May, reports Süddeutsche Zeitung

    http://www.sueddeutsche.de/wirtschaft/schienenverkehr-deutsche-bahn-will-wichtige-ice-strecke-komplett-sperren-1.2926753

    The closure will affect all trains on the Hamburg-Munich and Frankfurt-Berlin lines, resulting in extended travel times. Some cancellations are expected as well. Deutsche Bahn has yet to release a special timetable.


    AMcWhirter
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    Martinj – Thanks for posting. DB is having a rough time right now. Numerous strikes last year and other issues meant DB posted a loss of Euros 1.3 billion for 2015.

    The sectors in question cover main business routes. So the beneficiares will be the airlines, especially AB and LH.

    http://www.dw.com/en/deutsche-bahn-posts-first-loss-in-12-years/a-19119888


    Rockpool
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    Interesting observation. In the short-term you are probably right – AB and LH will benefit from mode transfer. However, DB is following a sensible strategy – put a blockade on the route and undertake the work in the most efficient and cost effective manner. We have all read about the huge costs of railway electrification in Britain. One of the main reasons for this is that work is being done in overnight and weekend possessions. The former are especially inefficient and there might be as little as 2 to 3 hours actual time on tools. DB’s patronage will recover!

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