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Reduced direct connections: Complaints over too few trains from Bonn to Berlin

Reduced direct connections : Complaints over too few trains from Bonn to Berlin

Residents have long complained about the lack of a direct ICE train connection between Bonn and Berlin. Deutsche Bahn is giving the construction works at Bonn’s main station as the reason.

Residents have long complained about the lack of a direct ICE train connection between Bonn and Berlin. However, there will be no change to the situation for the time being. Katya Dörner (Greens), Alexander Graff Lambsdorff (FDP) and Ulrich Kelber (SPD), Bonn members of the German parliament, again supported the demand for a faster train connection to the Spree in a joint letter to Deutsche Bahn. However, Deutsche Bahn’s response was disappointing.

“We are disappointed by Deutsche Bahn’s response. While the need for a good connection between the federal city and Berlin was recognised, there were no concrete commitments,” explained the political representatives.

Deutsche Bahn gives the construction works at Bonn’s main station, which according to the railways should be completed the year after next, ie 2020, as the reason for the currently greatly reduced number of direct connections. However, even the assurance to afterwards restore the situation in 2016, namely the resumption of six daily ICE direct connections, is viewed with reservation. “We would like to have seen clearer assurances and more ambitious measures on the part of the railways. We are keeping an eye on the situation.”

(Original text: Lisa Inhoffen / Translation: kc)