First day of train strike in Germany

UPDATE – The first day of the train drivers strike in Germany finds the country paralysed. Passenger transport is the most heavily impacted. As for rail freight, a more comprehensive image of the situation will be provided later this afternoon.

So far, companies like METRANS and Rail Cargo Group have informed their customers of possible disturbances. As they have both mentioned, the strike concerns only trains operated by DB Cargo. Nevertheless, it can also impact other companies since rail infrastructure is also affected.

Strike could extend

The strike is in effect since yesterday, Tuesday, 10 August, 7 p.m CET. Its initial stage will last until Friday 13 August. After Friday, the union of German locomotive drivers (GDL) could extend the strike for more days or decide to pause it and restart it later.

In any case, the strike is the first one after 2018, when train drivers abstained from work for only four hours. Its impact is already significant and will undoubtedly shake the already unstable relationship between Deutsche Bahn and GDL.

Stay tuned for more rail freight-related developments during the day, or communicate with us to share your strike experience and how it has affected your business.

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Author: Nikos Papatolios

Editor at RailFreight.com

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