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Winter chaos has paralyzed traffic in Munich for days: What is currently running and what is still not

2023-12-05T15:08:42.301Z

Highlights: Winter chaos has paralyzed traffic in Munich for days: What is currently running and what is still not. 650 flights were cancelled at Munich Airport on Tuesday, 5 December, due to the winter weather. Neither S-Bahn nor trams were running. The operation of many regional trains, such as the Bavarian Oberlandesbahn (BOB) as well as long-distance services to and from Munich, were also temporarily suspended completely. The reason for the numerous cancellations was not only the heavy snowfall, but also freezing rain.



Status: 05.12.2023, 15:55 PM

By: Lisa Metzger

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Due to the massive snowfall of the first weekend in December, nothing worked in many parts of Bavaria. There will also be restrictions on Tuesday (5 December). What is currently driving in Munich and what is not: An overview.

Munich – A total of 650 flights were cancelled at Munich Airport on Tuesday, 5 December, due to the winter weather. The airport informed about this in a press release. "We assume that the worst is over," said a spokesman for the airport. "However, it will certainly take some time before the situation stabilizes." Some flight cancellations are also expected for Wednesday, but a complete suspension of air traffic is no longer to be expected.

The respective airlines inform their customers in advance about which flight flies and which does not. Therefore, only passengers who have received a confirmation of their flight should drive to the airport, said a company spokeswoman. The reason for the numerous cancellations was not only the heavy snowfall, but also freezing rain.

After snow chaos in Munich: return to normality more difficult than expected

Public transport in the state capital has also come to a standstill in recent days. Neither S-Bahn nor trams were running. The operation of many regional trains, such as the Bavarian Oberlandesbahn (BOB) as well as long-distance services to and from Munich, were also temporarily suspended completely.

Long faces at the tram stops in Munich: Due to the massive onset of winter, nothing runs in the city for days. © dpa/Lukas Barth

As a spokeswoman for Deutsche Bahn (DB) told the German Press Agency (dpa) on Tuesday, the return to a kind of normality is more difficult than desired, also because of the persistent winter weather. "Again and again, trees fall under the weight of ice and snow onto tracks and overhead lines," said the railway spokeswoman. "At the same time, freezing precipitation sometimes covers the overhead lines with finger-thick ice sheets, so that they can no longer transmit electricity or fall down due to the load."

Still many cancellations and delays in regional transport

On Tuesday, 5 December, according to DB, individual long-distance trains ran from Munich in the direction of Salzburg and Kufstein for the first time again. An improvement in the situation is also expected on the ICE routes to Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

The situation is currently different in regional transport. There are still a lot of cancellations and delays. Initially, only one line of the Munich S-Bahn ran on its normal route. The situation was similar for the tram: Only one of eleven lines was put back into operation on Tuesday, according to the Munich Transport Company (MVG). Another one was to be added on the evening of the service.

A snow-covered regional train is parked at Munich's main train station. © Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa

The reason why the resumption of Munich's city traffic is progressing so slowly is due, among other things, to the fact that cars push snow, slush and ice into the rails, which then freeze there, the MVG said. "A special vehicle and a tram have already derailed during the clearing work." As a result, a special vehicle could no longer be used on Monday, 4 December. Work crews had to work their way forward "with salt, scrapers and heavy equipment" by the meter.

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What drives in Munich and what doesn't?

According to information from the MVG on Tuesday afternoon, buses and subways are back in normal operation in Munich's city traffic. However, irregularities could still occur. Tram line 19 with the final stops Berg am Laim and Pasing Bahnhof was fully put back into operation on Tuesday, 5 December. Tram lines 12, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27, 28 and 37 will be delayed. However, there are substitute buses on line 20.

It remains to be seen how the situation will develop. For the rest of the week, the German Weather Service (DWD) has no all-clear in terms of snow and slippery conditions, especially with regard to the south and east of Bavaria: "The topic will continue to occupy us in the next few days," a DWD meteorologist told dpa on Tuesday. Especially at night, the risk increases due to slippery roads and pavements, also because precipitation in the form of rain and snow is expected again and again.

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Source: merkur

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