Deutsche Bahn services cut by Swiss rail due to repeated delays

Deutsche Bahn services cut by Swiss rail due to repeated delays

Deutsche Bahn ICE train services between German cities and the Swiss alpine city of Chur will be cut from December 11, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) has announced. Deutsche Bahn’s constant lateness was cited as the main reason for the change.

Swiss rail operator cancels German trains due to constant delays

According Swiss newspaper Tagblatt, Deutsche Bahn (DB) trains fail to arrive on time in Switzerland remarkably often. The latest data from DB found that 20 percent of trains to Switzerland were more than 15 minutes late, while 40 percent had a delay of more than five minutes. This poses a particular problem when ICE trains go beyond large Swiss cities and onto the smaller lines in the mountains, as their delays have a knock-on effect on Swiss trains.

As a result, from December 11, several rail connections between German cities like Stuttgart and Chur will be cut or shortened, meaning anyone wanting to travel to Chur from Germany must change trains somewhere in Switzerland. For example, the ICE 75 from Hamburg to Chur will now terminate in Zurich and the ICE 72 will terminate at Basel instead of the city in the Swiss mountainsICE extensions to Chur for 2023, announced by DB earlier in October, will not be implemented.

Deutsche Bahn services fail to implement Swiss punctuality measures

These updates will mean an additional short change for passengers travelling to Swiss ski resorts20 Minuten noted that the change may adversely affect resorts around Chur, as a study by the Swiss Public Transport Association found that customer numbers drop by 20 percent on routes when a train change is added.

"The punctuality of the ICE trains from Germany has fallen sharply for a few months," noted Thomas Schmid from the Office for Energy and Transport of Canton Graubünden. This was echoed by SBB spokesperson Sabrina Schellenberg, who told Tagblatt that "the reason for the cut is that the situation with regard to punctuality has not improved since the first measures were implemented this summer."

This article originally appeared on IamExpat in Switzerland.

Olivia Logan


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