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ICE trains restart Hannover - Berlin route

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09:19 CET+01:00
High speed ICE trains were back in action between Hannover and Berlin on Monday, five months after floods forced operators to shut the line. The connection is one of the busiest in the country.

Prolonged flooding hit stretches of central and eastern Germany in June, causing millions of euros in damage and forcing tens of thousands from their homes. The high speed train line between Hannover and Berlin has been unusable ever since, causing delays as services are routed around a damaged levee.

Deutsche Bahn said on Monday that ICE and IC trains would be running along their normal, rapid route.

This makes high speed connections between crucial cities Frankfurt and Berlin easier, as Hannover lies in between the two cities.

The line has been shut down completely between Stendal and Rathenow, after a levee burst in the Schönehausen area, Spiegel news site reported. This left five kilometres of sleepers damaged, and the Elbe bridge in a precarious condition.

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The damage and re-routing meant passengers have been factoring in an extra hour of travel into their journey.

READ MORE: Merkel to tour areas devastated by floods

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