The new SBB boss Vincent Ducrot is anything but happy with the current state of the Swiss Federal Railways. The financial situation is “serious” because of the corona virus. Many passengers are also dissatisfied – and rightly sosays the SBB boss.
Ducrot presents a whole list of problems for his media appointment on his first 100 days as SBB boss. Financially it looks bleak because of the corona virus. SBB can expect losses of several hundred million francs.
“The financial situation of SBB is very serious,” Ducrot is quoted in a message on Friday. Thanks to the federal funds, the liquidity requirement is secured for the time being. Now it is time to draw up plans to stabilize the debt in the medium term. “SBB will have to bear the loss of revenue in long-distance transport and real estate itself,” continued Ducrot.
According to Ducrot, the situation is also “serious” in operational terms – because many passengers are dissatisfied, and rightly so. Railway operations are currently not reliable enough, Ducrot is quoted in the message. “This is often unsatisfactory for our customers.”
The Railway system is not robust enough and reach its limits. There are too few replacement trains and there will be invested too little in fleet maintenance. Both construction sites be that coordination and planning last year also inadequate been.
SBB would also lack many employees. There are gaps among the train drivers. But the labor market is also drying up among craftsmen, engineers and IT specialists.