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One third of Deutsche Bahn trains found late

The Local · 28 Apr 2011, 08:53

Published: 28 Apr 2011 08:53 GMT+02:00

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Deutsche Bahn has a problem with punctuality: One in three of its long-distance trains are between six and 30 minutes late, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday night.

The study by Stiftung Warentest, an independent consumer organization, evaluated more than 1.3 million arrival times of regional and long-distance trains, such as the ICE or Intercity, between July 2010 to February 2011.

The evaluation also found that although regional trains were only delayed half as often, travellers often missed their connections because the trains did not wait for the delayed long-distance trains.

The occurrence of delays was highest in Erfurt (43 percent), Leipzig (39 percent) ad Hamburg (38 percent).

The timeliness of Deutsche Bahn trains has been in the news in recent months, following winter snowstorms, during which hundreds of trains were significantly delayed. Afterward, Deutsche Bahn said it was investing millions of euros in improvements to its service.

Stiftung Warentest is calling for greater investment in Germany’s rail network so bottlenecks can be eliminated.

Full results appear in the May issue of the organization's Test magazine.

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09:43 April 28, 2011 by appocalypto
Talk about hypocrisy ...
10:24 April 28, 2011 by pepsionice
You know...in Italy, you'd be dragged out and given a national medal and even have a holiday named after you....if you could achieve a 66-percent on-time rate. Heck, even with the Pope blessing trains left and right, I doubt that they ever get above the 40 percent point.
11:15 April 28, 2011 by majura
Of the 5 times I've traveled with die DummeBahn, 4 times my train was delayed.

Of those 4 delayed trips, I missed connections on 3 delaying my arrival even further. Never once did I receive an apology from the service personelle. Basically turning what should be a relatively relaxing mode of transport (in comparison to flying or driving a car) into a hectic, stress filled day,

The main issue is (with the connections) is that die DummeBahn schedules only 5-10 minutes to change trains - or in other words, assumes that 99% of the trains run on time. Obviously I would want the trains to run on time, but die DummeBahn could simply allow 20-30 min for switching trains as a stop-gap so that people actually arrive where they want to, till they sought out this mess.
11:16 April 28, 2011 by Aelfgifu1
I can't believe they needed an "independent consumer organization" to tell us these. And I think that 1/3 number is really far too low.
15:15 April 28, 2011 by alleindalone
The question is, how much of these long distance trains are also international trains that rely on other operators as well.
16:46 April 28, 2011 by jmclewis
If D-Bahn was managed by Amtrak the trains would not be found at all.
04:15 April 29, 2011 by rfwilson
Six to 30 minutes late??? What a laugh!

Here in Canada, what few trains we have left are usually never on time, and it is common for them to be hours late... occasionally up to a day late for the old relic of a train that crosses Canada.

We'd love it if our trains were only six to 30 minutes late!!
09:03 April 29, 2011 by catjones
@jmclewis...germany is the size of montana.
01:59 April 30, 2011 by Matt in Florida
Germany has a wonderful train system, here in the usa, you drive, or fly; that's it. Germany's transportation system is far superior!
01:49 May 18, 2011 by rwk
6-30 minutes late is bad, that's about what my experience is with lateness of Americans trains. It has been several years since I rode DB, but when I did I found that around 10% of them were over five minutes late, but in 24 journeys I never had one train be more than 15 minutes late. All but one of these were arriving or departing Leipzig. I guess DB has gone downhill.
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