Further fuss about mainz main station – fubball fans arrive

Further fuss about mainz main station - fubball fans arrive

A company spokeswoman said on saturday that no personnel discussions were being conducted via the media. Meanwhile, criticism of the federally owned company is mounting.

For a week now, mainz has been largely cut off from long-distance traffic in the evenings and at night, as almost half of the 15 train dispatchers in the signal box are ill or on vacation and the railroad has no more staff. On sunday, the crisis station is also expected to be hit by a rush of soccer fans who want to watch the match between mainz 05 and vfb stuttgart.

3200 fans are expected from stuttgart alone, according to a vfb spokesman. Some of them will travel to the capital of rhineland-palatinate on a special train. "There’s even room on the fan train," said the spokesman. Otherwise, no tips are given on how best to get to mainz, the fans have already found their way – and the problems at the train station are well-known.

According to a spokeswoman, the german railroad feels well prepared for the fans – even if it is impossible to say in advance how many will end up taking the train. In addition to the special train, a number of additional commuter trains and a regional train are also in operation. This is possible because a dispatcher fills in for a few hours. As of monday, however, travelers must continue to prepare for a severely restricted timetable.

Meanwhile, the head of the bundestag’s transport committee, anton hofreiter (grune), criticized the austerity measures. "Massive savings are being made at the railroad and only the return on investment is being looked at," hofreiter told the "rheinische post" (saturday). The federal government did not provide the company with sufficient funds. Federal transport minister peter ramsauer (CSU) should apologize to the mainzers for having been asleep for four years.

FDP faction leader rainer bruderle also sees need for action by the federal government. "The railroad is thus making german rail transport laughable internationally," criticized bruderle.

From the point of view of the rail and transport union (EVG), the chaos is only the "tip of the iceberg". Board member reiner bieck told rbb-inforadio on saturday that about 1000 train dispatchers are missing nationwide. "The situation results from incorrect personnel planning. It was trimmed to costs and not oriented to needs."

According to the "stuttgarter zeitung", the dismissal of production director hess has been planned for a long time. However, the current events in mainz had accelerated them.

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