Despite the cancellation of the 50-hour warning strike at Deutsche Bahn (DB), cancellations and delays can be expected between Sunday and Tuesday. The DB wants to provide information about the timetables on Sunday, as does the ÖBB, which would have been badly affected by the strike. It is already foreseeable that night travel will not be able to resume until Tuesday night due to a lack of human resources at Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB said.
“The cancellation of the strike at short notice means that the measures taken as a result of the strike have to be withdrawn. In close coordination with Deutsche Bahn, ÖBB is now working in the coming hours to take all organizational measures to restore the regular timetable as far as possible. Restrictions in rail traffic cannot be ruled out at the moment,” said a statement by the Austrian Federal Railways. The ÖBB wants to provide more information on the specific long-distance and local trains as well as freight connections over the course of Sunday.
The Westbahn, which runs from Vienna to Salzburg, Innsbruck and Munich, said on Sunday morning on the website that all trains to Innsbruck run according to the timetable and that there was no rail replacement service for the German corner. The Westbahn timetable between Salzburg and Munich is reduced. The timetable information is currently being updated, it said online. From Sunday noon, all connections that take place should be bookable. Train traffic on the Vienna – Salzburg section is not affected.
Despite the cancellation of the strike, DB warned of restrictions in the next few days. “DB is facing the great challenge of having to reschedule around 50,000 train journeys and the associated shift and deployment schedules.”
The German railway and transport union (EVG) and DB agreed to a settlement before the labor court in Frankfurt am Main on Saturday. The EVG is also negotiating new collective agreements with around 50 competitors of Deutsche Bahn, and the call for strikes continues to apply to these companies. With these railways, which mostly operate regionally throughout Germany, there is a risk of large-scale failures at the beginning of the week.