Digital automatic coupling (DAC), source: Kai Michael Neuhold via Deutsche Bahn (DB)

‘German government should look into split of DB Group’

The German Monopoly Committee that recommended a division of tDB Group earlier this year has called on the political parties at the formation table to work on increasing competition on the German railways in the coming term of office.

The committee recommends creating a vertical separation between infrastructure management and rail transport within the DB group. Jürgen Kühling, chairman of the monopoly committee, repeats this in conversation with the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Friday.

Political will

According to Der Spiegel, the Greens and the Freie Demokratische Partei (FDP) would be interested in a fundamentally different approach to rail transport in Germany, while the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (SPD), winner of the last ballot, would still object.

The SPD would see more benefit in a stripped-down version of the committee’s plans, in which the DB Group would not be split but restructured. However, the FDP and the Greens feel supported by the Monopoly Commission in their pursuit of change.

Author: Nick Augusteijn

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