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Rail strike ends early: S-Bahn to operate again on Monday

S-Bahn in Berlin

Deutsche Bahn passengers can breathe a sigh of relief: the train drivers' union GDL will end its strike earlier than initially planned.

The strike will end at 2 am on Monday morning instead of the originally planned 6 pm in view of new negotiations in the wage dispute, the railway and the GDL announced on Saturday. According to Deutsche Bahn, the regular timetable will be offered again from the end of the strike. This should make the start of the new week easier for commuters in particular.

S-Bahn expects some disruptions on Monday

The S-Bahn Berlin has announced that the emergency timetable will be maintained up to and including Sunday. According to the company, passengers can still expect some restrictions on Monday. However, at least a 20-minute interval will be offered on all routes. The buses, underground trains and ferries of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) were not affected by the strike.

Free choice of train for impacted passengers

"Nevertheless, there will still be isolated restrictions on long-distance services over the course of Monday. There may also be regional restrictions in regional transport over the course of Monday," warned the company. The freight transport strike will end on Sunday evening at 6 pm. Passengers who wish to postpone their journey originally planned for Wednesday, 24 January 2024 until Monday, 29 January 2024 do not have to take the train they have booked, but can use an alternative.

No strikes until March 3

On top of this, there will be more reliability for railway customers in the coming weeks: The Group and the union have also agreed on a non-strike clause until March 3. This means that, as things stand, there will be no strikes on the railway for the next five weeks. The current strike is the fourth strike since the beginning of the labour dispute. It began on Tuesday evening in freight transport and on Wednesday morning in passenger transport.

Author: dpa/
Further information: Public Transportation in Berlin
Publication date: 28 January 2024
Last updated: 28 January 2024

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