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140,000 Deutsche Bahn trains never arrived at their destination last year

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140,000 Deutsche Bahn trains never arrived at their destination last year
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10:57 CEST+02:00
Germany's state owned rail company made an embarrassing admission on Monday. The number of trains that never arrived at the destination jumped by 17 percent last year.

Some 140,000 Deutsche Bahn trains never arrived at their destination last year. That awkward statistic was reported by the Rheinische Post based on a parliamentary question post by the Green Party.

That constituted a rise of 20,000 on the number of trains that broke down during the journey in 2016.

The figures show that 97,000 trains set off but never arrived at their final destination due to technical failures. Meanwhile a further 40,000 trains did not even make it out of the departure station.

Put another way, 1 percent of all Deutsche Bahn trains never arrived last year.

Deutsche Bahn compiles annual punctuality statistics and revealed in January that trains were less punctual last year than in 2016. Strangely though, it does not include trains which do not arrive at all in the punctuality figures.

“It is pretty astonishing that cancelled trains no longer appear in the statistics,” said Matthias Gastel, transport spokesman for the Green Party. “This makes it all the more apparent that the reliability of train travel is even worse than the statistics already show.”

SEE ALSO: 10 things you never knew about train travel in Germany

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