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Emergency bunkers wanted for rail network

The Local · 29 Oct 2010, 15:26

Published: 29 Oct 2010 15:26 GMT+02:00

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The Transportation Ministry want new bunkers built in Dresden, Leipzig and Berlin, and another 37 old Cold War bomb shelters and other facilities re-purposed with modern equipment, news magazine Der Spiegel reported.

“The crisis control centres will be so massive that they will be capable of operations if the aboveground train station is destroyed,” the magazine wrote.

The Transportation Ministry has reportedly allotted €100,000 for renovations to each of the already existing bunkers, while costs for the new underground centres have not yet been named, according to a draft plan prepared for the parliamentary budgetary committee.

But the ministry and the committee are locked in a dispute over funding, the magazine said.

Deutsche Bahn already receives some €6 million per year for security measures, and the budgetary committee does not want to provide an additional €4 million to build the bunkers.

But the Transportation Ministry continues to press for the money to prevent what it calls the “increased dangers to Bahn sites” by the likes of anarchists, Islamist terrorists and climate change.

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The ministry paper compares the dangers to the devastating floods in Pakistan recently, during which “more than 180 bridges were destroyed,” Der Spiegel reported.

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16:38 October 29, 2010 by William Thirteen
defense ministry, Königsberg, and now new railway bunkers - all is going according to the secret plan!
18:27 October 29, 2010 by MichaelMolenaar
Ugghhh, so much government.
19:59 October 29, 2010 by ngwanem
preparing us for some dark future?

perhaps i'm crazy, but this sounds as another novel way for generating money for Deutsche Bahn. politicians never seem to run out of ingenious ideas!!!
22:15 October 29, 2010 by JDee
very strange, sounds fishy
09:44 October 30, 2010 by auniquecorn
¦quot;The crisis control centres will be so massive that they will be capable of operations if the aboveground train station is destroyed,¦quot;

What operations if the above ground train station is destroyed?

In other words The Transportation Ministry has a place to hide their sorry as$es, if something breaks out.

But of course, we can finance this, We just need to implement the new BUNKER TAX.
09:59 October 30, 2010 by adipk
dont tell me that we are planning again for 1939-45 era .

truly non sense
10:00 October 30, 2010 by DoubleDTown
I'm impressed the Transport Ministry mentioned Dresden. DB certainly doesn't seem to take Dresden seriously. Seems like every year there is less direct and/or sleeper service from Dresden to anywhere.
10:02 October 30, 2010 by catjones
€100,000 for renovations to each of the already existing bunkers...will buy you a PC and a phone line + installation and consulting fees.
12:07 October 31, 2010 by storymann
They left out the possibility of a tsunami...
12:22 October 31, 2010 by The Kraut
Quite interesting but what kind of operations will be carried out from inside that bunker then? Imagine some weirdo blows up Hamburg Central. Now those people from inside the bunker will tell ticket inspectors on the trains to tell the passengers in an unconcerned and polite manner that Hamburg Central has just been blown up and that a substitutional bus service will soon be installed to get people to an alternative rail station so that they can continue their journey. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience. Thank you anyway for travelling with Doitsche Bahn.

But would the bunker do any good then?
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