The Limited Times

Now you can see non-English news...

Long after the last flake has fallen: Snow chaos continues at MVG - harsh accusations are made

2023-12-04T09:45:42.707Z

Highlights: Public transport in Munich is still in chaos. This could be due to savings in winter road maintenance. The Pro Bahn passenger association has a clear idea of the misplanning in recent years that has led to today's traffic chaos. The MVG had unnecessarily mothballed old high-floor trams. They used to drive through the night to avoid a freeze of the infrastructure. The city is not prepared for heavy snowfalls in a short period of time. This means that the benefit per euro for a tram is still much better than that for the subway.



Status: 04.12.2023, 10:36 a.m.

By: Klaus-Maria More

CommentsPrint Share

The stormy snowfalls have been over since Saturday night. But public transport in Munich is still in chaos. This could be due to savings in winter road maintenance.

Munich – After all, the S-Bahn runs every 20 minutes, as long as the route does not extend into the open countryside. The subway is also running – still with cancellations and plenty of delays. There is also good news about the good old bus service. Most of the lines are to be used here, but the MVG also warns of delays and cancellations due to icy or snow-covered roads.

Still snowed in: Munich tram in the depot. © Marcus Schlaf

Snow chaos on public transport in Munich: Tram continues to stand still at a standstill – Why?

Where there is still contemplative, pre-Christmas silence is in the tram traffic. Nothing works. Many Munich residents are surprised. How can the tram, which is so important for Munich's public transport system, still stand still at a standstill 36 hours after the last snowflake has fallen? An inquiry to the press office of the MVG this morning is still pending. We are waiting for a callback.

Passenger association with harsh criticism: Old railways unnecessarily abolished

Meanwhile, the Pro Bahn passenger association has a clear idea of the MVG's misplanning in recent years that has led to today's traffic chaos. The MVG had unnecessarily mothballed old high-floor trams. They used to drive through the night to avoid a freeze of the infrastructure.

(Our Munich newsletter regularly informs you about all the important stories from the Isar metropolis. Sign up here.)

A high-floor tram is a type of tram whose car body is at a higher level than the rails on which it runs. Unlike the low-floor tram, where the entrance height is lower and often no steps are needed, the high-floor tram usually requires steps or ramps to get into the vehicles. For this reason, the lower railways have replaced the old high-floor trams bit by bit. However, the older models could also drive in snow.

0

Read also

0

After snow chaos, further restrictions in public transport - which is still not running in Munich

READ

Munich fire brigade has been in winter stress for hours – complicated operation "particularly worth mentioning"

READ3

Stadtsparkasse München introduces new models: Tariff due on withdrawal – further changes for customers

READ

Fooling around on the platform: 16-year-old loses his balance – and falls under an incoming train

READ

With a limited term: Harry Potter store moves to Munich

READ

Fancy a voyage of discovery?

My Area

Pro Bahn denounces: Museum association still maintains last elevated railway

According to Andreas Barth of Pro Bahn, this has now put the city in a precarious situation. "The fact that only one high-floor vehicle is still operational, the catenary control vehicle, is annoying enough. We would also like to thank the Friends of the Munich Tramway Museum in particular, as they carried out the last general inspection on a voluntary basis."

Snow chaos on the tram pre-programmed: "Snow ploughs sold or scrapped!"

And the criticism goes even further. "The snow ploughs in front of trams that used to be common have been sold or scrapped, and the replacement concepts with Unimog have not led to any cleared tracks." Pro Bahn demands: "At least in the case of the more robust high-floor wagons that still exist, the necessary repairs must be carried out immediately so that they can be used again for winter service."

The tram is a key element and central pillar of Munich's transport turnaround and also runs much more effectively than any subway. Barth: "That's why we also have to invest in a good winter service for trams. This means that the benefit per euro for a tram is still much better than for the subway. This means that the investment is well spent, even if it rarely snows that much." Climate change will continue to favor extreme weather events. This also includes heavy snowfalls in a short period of time. "The city is not prepared for this."

More news can be found in our brand new Merkur.de app, now in an improved design with more personalization functions. Directly to the download, more information can be found here. Are you an enthusiastic user of WhatsApp? There, too, Merkur.de will keep you up to date via a new Whatsapp channel. Click here to go directly to the canal.

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2023-12-04

You may like

Trends 24h

Latest

© Communities 2019 - Privacy

The information on this site is from external sources that are not under our control.
The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them.