Frankfurt to get 24-hour public transport on weekends

Germany's finance capital is to serve party-goers non-stop on the weekends. But don't get too excited - some of the changes could take a while.

Frankfurt to get 24-hour public transport on weekends
Photo: DPA

Frankfurt mayor Peter Feldmann made the announcement on Wednesday, the Frankfurter Rundschau reports.

“In a cosmopolitan city, inhabitants expect to be provided with a transport system worthy of the name,” he said.

Starting this December, S-Bahn lines in and around the city will begin running 24 hours a day from Friday until Sunday evening.

The trains will run at hourly intervals, although none will pass through the inner city tunnel until August 2018 due to repair works.

Then, from December 2018, U-Bahn and tram systems in the finance hub will also work the night through on Friday and Saturday, although the changes will only be brought in through stages.

On busy lines, the U-Bahn and trams are set to arrive every half hour.

The Rhein-Main transport company (RMV) has assured commuters that the change will not lead to higher ticket prices.

So, is this another step along the line of Frankfurt shedding its image as Germany’s capital of dull?

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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.