Bonn The RB48 route, which is an important connection between Bonn and Cologne, is scheduled to resume its normal service by 4 May at the latest. The impulse for this was a letter of appeal from the Bonn town hall.
The RB48 is an important rail connection between Bonn and Cologne and is scheduled to resume its normal service by 4 May at the latest. This was announced on Thursday by the Rhineland Regional Traffic Association (the NVR) on request. The reason for the announcement was a letter of appeal from Bonn town hall, in which transportation director Helmut Wiesner had urged a resumption of the operation of the RB48, the absence of which would temporarily halve the number of connections between Bonn and Cologne.
The NVR referred to the scarce personnel resources of its contractual partners, in this specific case National Express. In the short term, according to a NVR spokesman, the RE5 and RB26 lines would continue to provide services between Cologne and Bonn at half-hourly intervals.
The restarting of compulsory schooling for about 4,200 final-year students of vocational colleges, comprehensive, secondary and special schools did not cause a noticeable increase in the number of passengers in buses and trains on Thursday. According to the municipal utilities, the buses and trams that are again running according to the normal timetable were on average one-quarter full. The managing director of SWB Bus und Bahn, Anja Wenmakers, and her colleagues, were in a position to observe this first hand as they distributed protective masks to passengers at city-centre stops.
(Original text; Rüdiger Franz, translation John Chandler)