Berlin train chaos threatens athletics
Berlin's regional train network, plunged into chaos in recent weeks
by safety problems, may not return to normal until December, an official
said, threatening misery for commuters, tourists and visitors to the
World Athletics Championships in August.
Since a cracked wheel caused a derailment on May 1, Germany's Federal
Railway authority has ordered that all trains on which the wheels had
not been duly inspected be pulled off the system.
The result: overcrowded trains, packed platforms, delays,
cancellations and commuter chaos, leading mass circulation daily Bild to
rename the network "Stress Bahn" - a play on the system's German name,
S-Bahn. And as the problem affects a large proportion of the train
stock, the chaos could last for months.
"We will be able to offer a complete timetable service again in
December," said Deutsche Bahn board member Ulrich Homburg quoted in
Berlin-based daily Tagesspiegel.
BERLIN, Wednesday, AFP