The railway and transport union (EVG) warns of heavily overcrowded trains and possible evacuation of trains, platforms or entire stations at Pentecost: “The Pentecost weekend will be a real stress test for the railways,” said the deputy chairman of the EVG, Martin Burkert. the Rheinische Post. Excursion traffic in particular could push the rail system to its limits. From Wednesday, the nine-euro ticket will be valid throughout Germany.
There are emergency plans for the train stations – “if there are too many people on a platform, it will be cleared by the federal police so that trains can enter safely,” said Burkert. “If an entire train station is threatened with overcrowding, it will be closed. And when trains are too full, they have to be evacuated.”
The union representative said that in the past few days alone, ICE trains had been cleared twice in Nuremberg and Frankfurt because they were too heavy. This is also possible with local trains. “If the total weight, including far too many passengers, is too high, the train cannot move. Safety always has priority there.”
Burkert is concerned about disabled passengers with wheelchairs and cyclists. “Rural mobility aids may not be available to the extent needed to assist wheelchair users.”
In addition, it is becoming more difficult for disabled people to get in and then to find an adequate place. “I can only appeal to all fellow passengers to be considerate – among themselves and especially for the weaker ones.”
When it comes to cyclists, Burkert fears that entire groups will be stranded. “We only have limited capacity for bicycles or e-bikes. One cannot completely rule out the possibility that a group will get to their destination by train but not be allowed to board their bicycles and e-bikes on the return journey. Of course, that would be very unfortunate,” he said.
The nine-euro ticket is valid throughout the month for any number of journeys on local and regional trains, buses, trams and subways. Long-distance trains and long-distance buses cannot be used with the ticket, and the transport of bicycles is not included in the offer.