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Rail strike hits Munich S-Bahn: "Massive disruptions" expected – first timetable details

2023-12-07T04:07:01.561Z

Highlights: Train drivers' union GDL declares collective bargaining negotiations with Deutsche Bahn to have failed. New warning strike should start on Thursday (7 December) in the evening and last until Friday evening. During this period, hardly any trains are expected to run in Germany. During the strike period, the S-Bahn trains are to run every 60 minutes. The strike is scheduled to last until 22 p.m. on Friday. "Massive disruptions" expected to "last into the night of Friday/Saturday"



Status: 07.12.2023, 04:54 a.m.

By: Hannes Niemeyer, Lucas Sauter Orengo

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The next bad news for commuters and travellers in Germany: The GDL announced a new strike on Wednesday evening (6 December), which also affects the S-Bahn in Munich.

Update from December 6, 22:27 p.m.: There are increasing signs that the GDL warning strike, which will begin on Thursday, will also affect Munich's S-Bahn. In any case, on the website of the Munich S-Bahn operated by Deutsche Bahn, a corresponding note on the operating situation can now be found. Because of the strike, "massive disruptions to S-Bahn traffic are expected as early as Thursday, 20 p.m.," it says. The disruptions are expected to "last into the night of Friday/Saturday".

During the strike period, the S-Bahn trains are to run every 60 minutes, the S8 is to run every 20 or 40 minutes.

Initial report: Munich - Days of chaos - the onset of winter last weekend has completely paralyzed Bavarian traffic. Munich Airport was completely closed twice, and Munich's main train station was also closed. In addition, there were and are massive disruptions to Munich's public transport, especially on the S-Bahn. On Wednesday (6 December), many lines will not run as usual. And now the next bad news: The train drivers' union GDL has declared the collective bargaining negotiations with Deutsche Bahn to have failed. Now a new strike has been announced.

Strike at Deutsche Bahn: S-Bahn traffic threatens to come to a standstill in Munich

The warning strike should start on Thursday (7 December) in the evening and last until Friday evening. During this period, hardly any trains are expected to run in Germany. Accordingly, both passenger and freight transport are affected. The latter is scheduled to start the strike at 18 p.m. on Thursday, with passenger services to follow at 22 p.m. The strike is scheduled to last until 22 p.m. on Friday.

The renewed GDL strike could also affect S-Bahn operations in Munich. © Daniel Karmann/dpa

S-Bahn operations in Munich on the verge of a standstill? Deutsche Bahn comments

This also threatens a renewed traffic chaos in and around Munich: As Deutsche Bahn explains to our editors, it cannot yet be clearly confirmed that the S-Bahn operation in the state capital Munich is also affected - but it can be assumed. In metropolises such as Berlin or Hamburg, it is already clear that S-Bahn traffic will be affected by the strike.

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