Travel chaos as WWII bomb discovered in Düsseldorf

A World War II bomb was discovered in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia on Monday, causing misery for commuters.

Travel chaos as WWII bomb discovered in Düsseldorf
File photo shows a previous bomb find. Photo: DPA

The US bomb from the WWII era was found during construction work in the Düsseldorf-Derendorf district at Rose Ausländer-Straße at the corner to Elfriede-Bial-Straße.

During the disposal of the bomb, around 900 residents will have to leave their homes within a radius of 250 metres of the site. A further 5,700 people are affected – they are not allowed to leave their homes or be outdoors during the process. The evacuation of the home was due to begin around 7pm on Monday.

An old people's home and a nearby hospital are unlikely to be affected by the evacuation.

Meanwhile, commuters will also be hit by the bomb disposal works.

Trains are not stopping at Düsseldorf-Derendorf from 6pm onwards, Deutsche Bahn tweeted.

According to regional news site Der Westen, the following train lines could face disruption or cancellations. Anyone using public transport in the vicinity of the bomb site should also check for any changes to the schedule before travelling.

RE 1: Aachen – Eschweiler – Düren – Horrem – Cologne – Düsseldorf – Düsseldorf Airport – Duisburg – Essen – Bochum – Dortmund – Hamm

RE 1: Hamm – Dortmund – Bochum – Essen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf Airport – Düsseldorf – Cologne – Horrem – Düren – Eschweiler – Aachen

RE 2: Düsseldorf – Duisburg – Essen – Gelsenkirchen – Recklinghausen – Münster

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RE 2: Münster – Recklinghausen – Gelsenkirchen – Essen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf

RE 6: Cologne/Bonn Airport – Neuss – Düsseldorf – Düsseldorf Airport – Duisburg – Essen – Dortmund – Hamm – Bielefeld – Herford – Minden

RE 6: Minden – Herford – Bielefeld – Hamm – Dortmund – Essen – Duisburg – Düsseldorf Airport – Düsseldorf – Neuss – Cologne/Bonn Airport

S 1: Dortmund – Bochum – Essen – Mülheim (Ruhr) – Duisburg – Düsseldorf – Solingen

S 1: Solingen – Dusseldorf – Duisburg – Mülheim (Ruhr) – Essen – Bochum – Dortmund

S 6: Essen – Ratingen East – Düsseldorf – Langenfeld (Rheinl) – Cologne

S 6: Cologne – Langenfeld (Rheinl) – Düsseldorf – Ratingen East – Essen

S 11: Düsseldorf Airport Terminal – Düsseldorf – Neuss – Dormagen – Cologne – Bergisch Gladbach

S 11: Bergisch Gladbach – Cologne – Dormagen – Neuss – Düsseldorf – Düsseldorf Airport Terminal

A care centre has been set up at the Justus-von-Liebig-Realschule at Ottweilerstraße 20 for everyone affected.

Throughout Germany, World War II bomb finds – resulting in city evacuations during their detonation – are commonplace.


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Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?

Several political parties in Germany have said they want to bring back sleeper trains in order to meet carbon emissions targets.

Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?
A sleeper train in Austria. Photo: dpa/APA | Georg Hochmuth

The Green party have said that they want to put state subsidies into night trains that will connect Germany with cities as far flung as St Petersburg in the north and Lisbon in the south.

According to the environmentalist party’s plans, 40 night rail lines could connect 200 destinations across the continent including islands like Mallorca, which would be linked in by train and ferry.

The Greens want the EU to buy a fleet of sleeper trains that could travel at speeds of between 200 km/h and 250 km/h.

The CDU have also announced plans to rebuild the country’s sleeper train services.

Deutsche Bahn stopped its last sleeper service in 2016 citing the high costs involved in maintaining its fleet that was not recuperated through ticket sales.

Earlier this year the state owned company said it had “no plans” to purchase new sleeper wagons.