The Intercity “Baden-Kurier” currently stops in Bad Krozingen at 6:35 a.m. in the direction of Munich and at 9:24 p.m. from Munich, in Müllheim at 6:24 a.m. and 9:32 p.m. As things stand today, a fast regional express line runs from Offenburg (partly Karlsruhe) to Basel every two hours. Between Freiburg and Basel, only the stations in Bad Krozingen, Heitersheim, Müllheim and Weil am Rhein are served. The first southbound departure of this line from Freiburg is at 7:18 a.m., the last departure is at 7:18 p.m.
With the argument that the Baden-Kurier – as the only pair of trains that also connects the district of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald directly to long-distance transport – closes an existing gap in local transport at off-peak times, Bad Krozingen and Müllheim had Deutsche Bahn and Transport Minister Hermann for support asked.
In the meantime, the mayors have received an answer from Frankfurt. The response from Transport Minister Hermann is still pending. The letter from Deutsche Bahn states: Unfortunately, it is technically not possible for ICE trains, e.g. the class 403 you mentioned, to stop at the Bad Krozingen and Müllheim stations due to the low platform heights of 38 cm above the top edge of the rails. With the improvement of local transport in the Rhine Valley, there are for travellers […] attractive and fast travel options to the long-distance train stations Basel Badischer Bahnhof and Freiburg. Lots of business travelers […] already use the many transfer connections during the day instead of the two stops of the IC Baden-Kurier at the end of the day. […] As soon as reliable information on the 2023 timetable is available, we will actively inform you.
Mayors Volker Kieber and Martin Löffler are sobered by the response from Deutsche Bahn and demand that they finally seek active dialogue with the affected municipalities, the district and ZRF in order to work out a constructive solution together. “The fact that the cities of Bad Krozingen and Müllheim should no longer be connected to long-distance transport with the changeover to the 2023 timetable is not acceptable to us. We would have liked Deutsche Bahn to contact us as the affected cities earlier,” said Mayors Kieber and Löffler.
“Ultimately, we only received the information that a stop was technically not possible – which, by the way, we see as a preferred reason – after repeated inquiries. From our point of view, Deutsche Bahn has an obligation to the 40,000 citizens of our two cities and the approximately 100,000 citizens in the catchment area of the two train stations to do everything possible to ensure a direct connection to long-distance transport, including the switch to ICE trains 403 series,” said the mayors of Bad Krozingen and Muellheim. The mayors refer to other train stations in the Federal Republic where ICE stops are made despite a platform height of less than 55 cm. “For example, a pair of ICE trains stops as scheduled at Norddeich station, where the platform is only 26 cm high. From our point of view, it ultimately depends only on the fact that Deutsche Bahn is not willing to issue an internal company approval for deviations from the set of rules,” explain Kieber and Löffler. “We call on Deutsche Bahn to finally seek talks with us. On the one hand, we are told that a long-distance stop is technically not possible. On the other hand, we have neither specific information about what we need to do in order to meet the technical requirements in the future, nor other alternatives to at least compensate for the loss through other connection options,” emphasize the mayors.
Both mayors, who also work as district councilors for a good and reliable connection of the district of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald to public transport, see the current approach as an imminent danger of a loss of trust. “The federal and state governments have set themselves the clear goal of sustainable further development of climate-friendly mobility management and the permanent establishment of public transport as an attractive and fully-fledged alternative to private transport. In addition to the 9-euro ticket introduced by the federal government, we also include the public transport strategy 2030 of the state of Baden-Württemberg, which focuses on expanding the range of services and strengthening a positive public transport culture. However, this policy must also be put into practice by Deutsche Bahn,” conclude Kieber and Löffler.
(Info: Joint press release from the cities of Bad Krozingen and Müllheim)
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