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27.10.2021 – 01:00

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“Unreliability is worrying”: Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister is sharply critical of Deutsche Bahn

Stephan Weil: “The irregularities in rail traffic are annoying” – demand for investments in network expansion and materials – Prime Minister still drives a Golf privately, “but my next car will probably be an electric vehicle”

Hanover. Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil has sharply criticized Deutsche Bahn (DB) in view of the current debate about environmental protection. “The unreliability of the railway is now worrying, also and especially from a climate protection point of view,” said the SPD politician in an interview with the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (NOZ). The “irregularities in rail traffic” annoyed many customers, which caused the attractiveness of this “otherwise great means of transport” to suffer massively, the head of government told the “NOZ” and complained that too little had been invested in network expansion and material for many years. “It is taking its revenge now and cannot stay that way. All the failures cannot be remedied overnight, but the improvement process must be initiated as quickly as possible and maintained over the long term,” demanded Weil, who in his own words belongs to the people, “the far Travel by train more than average – if the train lets me “.

The Prime Minister, who is involved in the coalition negotiations in Berlin and is a member of the “Climate, Energy and Transformation” working group, added, in view of the recent sharp rise in fuel prices, that there are attractive and inexpensive alternatives to cars for city dwellers. “In the country, however, many people simply depend on their car.” Here it comes down to “targeted support”. This is also currently being negotiated in Berlin, said Weil, who privately still drives a VW Golf, “but probably not that long”. His next car will likely be an electric vehicle. “However, I have so much to do at the moment that I have not yet gotten around to thinking about something as beautiful as ordering my next car,” said the 62-year-old in the “NOZ” interview.

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