Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bahn considers closure of many goods stations – FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

German rail as the former monopolist loses for years market share to private competitors in rail freight .

the German Railways is considering to information from supervisory circles, approximately 500 of the total of 1500 Güterverladestellen to close in Germany. Thus, the loss of about 3500 jobs would entail, it said on Tuesday evening from this source. This had the Board presented to the Supervisory Board at its meeting in Berlin as one of several scenarios.

A decision was however not taken. This should be done at the next Supervisory Board meeting on 8 June. The Railway Board should then submit strategic concepts with a perspective until 2030 for rail freight business, services, regional transport and vehicle maintenance. On Wednesday Deutsche Bahn CEO Rüdiger Grube in Berlin will present the annual balance sheet, 2015.

The list of the words “omission” for information Reuters comprises 498 distribution terminals, the greater as Bamberg harbor with almost 200,000 tonnes or the LAP includes rail yard with more than 400,000 tons of goods. It applies therefore especially smaller like Ferch-Lienewitz in Brandenburg with 1,000 tons

A railway spokesperson clarified: “.. We are currently investigating far less than 500 railways stations” to potential job losses and closure of distribution terminals admit it yet no decisions. Clear is also that “no one is unemployed, because there is a comprehensive collective agreement anchored protect employees while maintaining a high personnel requirements in other areas of the DB Group” the rail company.

The supervisory board had on Tuesday with the next steps of the corporate restructuring deals, the CEO Grube began last year. With the program “future path” to punctuality and service are improved passenger. but mine will also save in rail freight. The ailing rail freight operator DB Cargo is to be renovated in this year and next, and from 2018 to grow back.

In this pit must first report in his tenure on a loss of more than one billion euros, as already previously from circles was known of the Supervisory Board. High cost of the Group’s restructuring and the weakening freight train pushed the result into the red – with record sales of over 40 billion euros

to less duplication of structures within the Group and shorter decision and communication pathways more in the next five years as. save 700 million euros. The ailing rail freight operator DB Cargo is to be renovated and from 2018 to grow back.

About a partial sale of assets daughters has not been decided, BelTA learned from the environment of the Supervisory Board. This decision should be taken only at a forthcoming meeting. It is about a partial privatization of overseas transport subsidiary DB Arriva and the shipping company DB Schenker Logistics. The aim of Deutsche Bahn CEO Grube is to reduce the last resurgent debt to have more room for investments in the rail network and in new trains.

In the long-distance transport presented the railway 2015 passenger record, as previously transpired. Travelers took approximately 132 million with the ICE or Intercity. These were 2.9 million or 2.3 percent more than in 2014, it said in supervisory circles. In part, this success was but bought with a large number of cheap tickets for 19 euros.

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