“Due to the massive renovation backlog, DB has had to significantly expand the construction volume in the current year,” added the company spokesman, according to “BamS”.
According to the company, the reason for the railway's worst punctuality values in long-distance transport in eight years is primarily the "short-term construction activity", which has increased significantly year-on-year. In November 2023, the number of construction sites increased by eleven percent compared to the previous year. According to the report, punctuality fell by nine percentage points compared to November 2022.
In January 2023, 73.2 percent of trains were on time, but by the middle of the year the value had fallen to 63.5 percent before reaching the current low point in November. “The punctuality does not meet our own standards and does not live up to the services that our passengers rightly expect from us,” the “BamS” quoted the railway spokesman as saying.
This weekend the weather also contributed to problems with rail traffic. Munich Central Station was closed on Saturday due to heavy snowfall and long-distance traffic in the greater Munich area was stopped.