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Trains hopelessly overcrowded on Saturday!: 9-euro chaos before Pentecost | Regional

Berlin – Overcrowded platforms, closed tracks, rerouted trains: With the 9-euro ticket in their luggage, many Germans are currently taking the train for short vacations. For example, there were already chaotic scenes at Berlin Central Station on Friday, and this continued seamlessly on Saturday! Travelers spoke of “cramping full trains” especially in the direction of the Baltic Sea. On Sunday the situation is more relaxed again.

► Berlin and Brandenburg: On Saturday morning there was a large rush to the regional trains to Stralsund and Rostock. There were delays. Numerous travelers could not find a seat and stood in the aisles. Because the RE5 regional train to Rostock was overcrowded, travelers with bicycles could not board.

Police officers and employees from DB Sicherheit are standing on a platform at the main station, while in the background a regional train on line RE5 to Rostock is waiting to depart

Police officers and employees from DB Sicherheit are standing on a platform at the main station, while in the background a regional train on line RE5 to Rostock is waiting to depart

Photo: Monika Skolimowska/dpa

At Berlin Central Station, several balloons caused problems as early as Friday afternoon – they got caught in the overhead line. Several trains were relocated, passengers stood at a loss in front of the stairs to the closed platforms 13 and 14. Potsdam Central Station was also busy on Saturday morning, and numerous passengers boarded the regional express to Berlin. According to Deutsche Bahn, regional trains, especially to tourist destinations, are “as expected very much in demand”.

Huge crowds on Saturday morning at Berlin Central Station.  Passengers are waiting to board the regional train towards the Baltic Sea

Huge crowds on Saturday morning at Berlin Central Station. Passengers are waiting to board the regional train towards the Baltic Sea

Photo: Monika Skolimowska/dpa

► Baden-Württemberg: “We recommend our passengers to find out more information shortly before starting their journey in the information media of the local transport associations or via the DB Navigator,” said a railway spokesman. Because of the high number of passengers, it is not possible to guarantee that you will be able to take your bike with you. “Anyone who can should therefore do without the bike.” The spokesman did not say exactly which routes are affected.

A rush was expected in particular at Lake Constance, in the Black Forest and in other leisure areas. As the operator Go-Ahead Baden-Württemberg reported on Friday, passengers at Stuttgart Central Station had to leave a train on Friday due to overcrowding.

“Riding not guaranteed!” First regional trains completely overcrowded

Source: BILD, Reuters

03.06.2022

► Saxony: According to a dpa reporter, the regional train from Leipzig to Weimar was completely overcrowded on Saturday morning. People would have crowded with luggage and bicycles in the corridors and door areas. Travelers who wanted to get on were sent back to the tracks. The railway initially did not comment specifically on request.

► Lower Saxony: Deutsche Bahn reported an “extraordinarily high number of passengers” on Twitter. A ride cannot be guaranteed, and it is not possible to take bicycles with you, it said. The railway company Metronom also announced on Twitter that bicycles cannot be taken on the trains until Whit Monday – due to the high number of passengers.

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According to the tweet, in addition to regional train routes and S-Bahn traffic around Hanover, the lines of the regional express towards the coast were particularly affected, i.e. the trains between Norddeich and Hanover (RE 1), Bremerhaven and Hanover (RE 8) and Bremerhaven and Osnabrueck (RE 9). The extent to which the rush is due to the 9-euro ticket in local transport, which has been valid for a few days, initially remained open.

► Thuringia: With only moderately warm weather, excursion traffic on Saturday in Thuringia developed differently. By noon there was little traffic on the roads in the Free State, the police said. In contrast, Deutsche Bahn reported high passenger numbers.

▶︎ In Bremen and Schleswig-Holstein Deutsche Bahn reported an exceptionally high utilization of several trains on Twitter on Friday. “Carriage cannot be guaranteed. Bicycles cannot be taken along,” it said. Trains towards the North Sea coast were particularly affected.

Full platforms also at the train station in Westerland

Full platforms also at the train station in Westerland

Photo: Axel Heimken/dpa

Numerous tourists and day visitors arrived on Sylt by train on Whit Saturday – including many punks. The trains are packed, and the car trains are fully booked. Instead of fine ladies with Louis Vuitton bags strolling through Westerland and elegant gentlemen roaring across the island in their Mercedes convertibles, punks in ragged jeans and leather jackets are now lounging around on the popular promenades. Bawling, they let beer cans and grain bottles whirl around and have fun throwing surprise eggs. Nevertheless, a police spokesman emphasized that the situation on Sylt was calm. There were no major operations during the night either. A group of 50 to 80 punks who had been on the island for a few days had “been a little loud”, but that wasn’t anything special either.

Overcrowded platforms also in Leipzig

Overcrowded platforms also in Leipzig

Photo: Hendrik Schmidt/dpa

► NRW: The same applies here: Deutsche Bahn has once again pointed out that it cannot be guaranteed that bicycles can be taken on regional transport on the Pentecost weekend. Due to the increased number of passengers, there could be an exceptionally high load on the regional train lines, Deutsche Bahn NRW wrote on Twitter on Saturday. The carriage of bicycles cannot be guaranteed in some cases. Long delays are possible.

Dense crowds on the platforms of Cologne Central Station

Dense crowds on the platforms of Cologne Central Station

Foto: IMAGO/Political-Moments

Janine (32) from Weißwasser on Saturday at Düsseldorf main station: “I almost never take the train – the last time was three years ago.  I got the 9-euro ticket because it's actually a great thing and I heard in advance that there weren't any problems with capacity.  It's already very crowded here.

Janine (32) from Weißwasser on Saturday at Düsseldorf main station: “I almost never take the train – the last time was three years ago. I got the 9-euro ticket because it’s actually a great thing and I heard in advance that there weren’t any problems with capacity. It’s already very crowded here.”

Photo: Meike Wirsel

Ilyana (38) and Björn (38) with Peter (6 months) from Düsseldorf:

Ilyana (38) and Björn (38) with Peter (6 months) from Düsseldorf: “We’ve already missed two trains because they were too full. We can’t squeeze into such a crowded train with the little one. The ticket is a nice idea, but unfortunately not thought through. You need more trains and more staff. In order to catch our flight to Bulgaria at Cologne/Bonn Airport, we are now switching to Share Now or Taxi”

Photo: Meike Wirsel

► Hamburg: On Saturday, commuters who did not want to travel in regional trains were particularly affected here: A spokesman for the General German Automobile Club (ADAC) said at noon that there was a lot going on on the northbound motorways in particular. It was sometimes backed up by up to ten kilometers, for example on the Autobahn 7 between the Walsrode and Soltau-Süd triangle. On the A1 between the Maschener Kreuz and Stillhorn, it was backed up for seven kilometers. Again and again there are also disturbances or minor traffic jams. Of course, the railways were also fully utilized, but so far no significant impairments have been reported.

Travelers at the Frankfurt train station

Travelers at the Frankfurt train station

Photo: Reinhard Roskaritz

► Hesse: Frankfurt Airport is also bursting at the seams: Airport operator Fraport reported a “busy day” with 175,000 passengers on Saturday: “That’s a lot.” There were “waiting times at peak times,” reported a spokesman. Fraport had cut around 4,000 jobs during the Corona crisis – now there is a lack of staff. As expected, the regions were also heavily utilized.

“Especially around the long weekends on June 3rd and 6th and on June 19th we expect high demand,” said a spokesman for Deutsche Bahn to BILD. The situation calmed down again on Sunday. The train stations are sometimes busy, but the feared chaos does not materialize.

First punks already on Sylt “Chaos Days 2022! We are there live”

Those: Nonstopnews / Reuters

03.06.2022

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