Status: 07.12.2023, 13:11 PM
"Please do not board" is written on a train of the railway company Metronom in the main station. © Bodo Marks/dpa
There is no easing in sight in the train drivers' wage dispute. Once again, a labor dispute thwarts travel plans. For thousands, it means improvising again - and looking online again and again to see if a trip is possible after all.
Hamburg/Kiel - The announced warning strike by the train drivers' union GDL is expected to almost paralyze long-distance and regional traffic in the north and S-Bahn traffic in Hamburg.
"There will be massive restrictions in S-Bahn traffic," writes the Hamburg S-Bahn on its website. Accordingly, there will be "(partial) cancellations" on all lines from about 20:00 p.m. on Thursday. "From about 22 p.m., we will cease operations." On Friday, the S-Bahn will try to offer rides on the S1, S21 and S3 lines according to an emergency timetable. However, due to the unclear situation, the travel times would only be available at short notice. Even after the official end of the strike on Friday, there will still be cancellations.
The Hamburg Transport Association (HVV) also expects severe disruptions to regional transport. The AKN will also be affected by the warning strike. "AKN will not run any trains during the strike period. No rail replacement service will be set up for the cancellations," AKN said. The HVV's recommendation: "Passengers are asked to use subways and buses if possible." Metronom and Erixx trains are generally running, but restrictions must be expected.
Deutsche Bahn also expects considerable restrictions for Schleswig-Holstein. There is an emergency timetable. When trains run, they are to be extended and have more seats. Nevertheless, a ride cannot be guaranteed, the railway writes on its website. Passengers who postpone their journey due to the strike will be able to use their ticket at a later date. The train connection has been lifted.
"All connections of the emergency timetable are now available in the information media on bahn.de and in the DB Navigator app," the group announced. In addition, the railway has again set up a strike telephone number. Affected passengers can call 08000-996633 to find out about their connections. The emergency timetable ensures "only a very limited number of trains", according to bahn.de. "Please refrain from non-essential travel during the GDL strike and postpone your trip to another time."
The German Locomotive Drivers' Union (GDL) called for a 24-hour warning strike at Deutsche Bahn on Wednesday. The walkout is scheduled to begin at 22:00 p.m. on Thursday evening and last until 22:00 p.m. on Friday evening. Disruptions are expected even before the official start of the warning strike.
All employees in the long-distance and regional transport sectors, among others, as well as the employees of the S-Bahn in Berlin and Hamburg, are called upon to walkout. In freight transport, the warning strike is to begin at 18:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, according to the announcement. Among other things, the union wants to emphasize the demand for a reduction in working hours for shift workers. Dpa