“If you can, you will become a train escape here”
On “The new timetable is still jerky” in the BZ from January 15:
“The new timetable is still jerky” is a very harmless paraphrase of the DB Regio-Breisgau-S-Bahn disaster. For what has almost half a billion euros been spent if, after more than a year of excuses, the result is a dramatic deterioration compared to the old Breisgau S-Bahn? What optimist planned this single-track dome-and-wing route so that it couldn’t work? Was that the same optimist who ordered the trains without even trying to see whether they would work in regular operation?
Every passenger and every train driver of the old Breisgau S-Bahn could have said where the pitfalls of the new DB Regio route are, and that the timetable for the entire route collapses immediately if just one tiny detail somewhere does not work, because none at all Reserves are planned. Has the expertise of these grassroots experts been passed over by the same optimist? You can only feel sorry for passengers and train drivers now.
Anyone who has missed the connection umpteen times in order to wait an eternity for the next train in the cold and dark, who sees and hears false information, who does not know on the platform in the morning whether he will get to work on time or whether the connection will work on the way back Who, like a hunted animal, has an eye on the displays regarding delays and cancellations before and during the journey, who is annoyed that there is no communication between the trains of the DB Regio and the SWEG and the operators are indifferent to whether connections are working, Anyone who accepts everything without complaint is either a student or too poor for a car or the very last convinced public transport user.
Traveling by train could be relaxing, but with the Breisgau S-Bahn it has become a constant stress. If you can, you become a train flee and take the car.
Tillmann Hesse, Renate Veselik, Vogtsburg“A shame for those responsible for DB”
Today, during Corona times, the railway is scandalously using few buses as replacements. A coach every half an hour, so one bus per train! Accordingly, I am currently sitting with 50 others, there is hardly any space available, close together in the SEV. A shame for those responsible for DB. Please help to make this grievance known and thereby eliminate it in the future …
Florian Kraemer, Freiburg
“The conditions are untenable”
To speak of a “bucking” in operation is completely wrong. In my perception it is the case that since the beginning of the year the many problems that have existed on this route have been showing up again and new problems have arisen. It is currently not possible to maintain a reliable timetable for commuters and other users of public transport. This week there were numerous delays and cancellations of entire connections. It is not possible to provide trains that adequately accommodate and transport the number of passengers who are en route. The route can be traveled with a train system of up to three parts. Often, even during peak commuter times, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., only one train with only one train section was made available. This leads to a tightness in the train compartments, which makes any form of social effort to master the corona pandemic ad absurdum. Problems also persist when the trains are coupled, which leads to delays, train cancellations and increasing tightness in the train compartments.
The onset of winter worsens the already existing problems on the route. The fact that there is snow in areas of the Black Forest in winter now ensures that commuters from the Kaiserstuhl region can no longer take public transport to work due to the general shortcomings on the route and the onset of winter.
For weeks, Deutsche Bahn has not been able to carry out the prescribed safety measures for the traffic routes at the Freiburg-Klinikum stop. This leads to dangerous slipperiness in the entire area. Litter material is nowhere to be seen.
I see the politically responsible decision-makers responsible for finding solutions quickly. The conditions are untenable, I find it a cheek towards people who have to pay a not small amount for this type of service. Due to the circumstances described, I see my own health and that of many of my work colleagues at the University Medical Center Freiburg as well as that of other public transport users at risk. Both in terms of the risk of exposure to one’s own corona infection and the spread of the virus. Not to forget the risk of getting injured when getting in and out of the ice. I would like to point out that the employees of the university hospital are needed in the fight against the pandemic. I have given up contacting DB Regio! There is no willingness there to deal with public transport users. Inquiries are not answered, problems are played down. My wish is that those responsible for politics finally act and bring about urgently needed changes along the way. Jürgen Gißler, Ihringen“There are train cancellations every day”
I use the Breisgau S-Bahn as a weekday commuter between Ihringen and Freiburg. I cannot share your positive assessment of this section of the route because the following problems still exist on the section between Ihringen and Freiburg: There are daily train cancellations, for example the S1 to Freiburg at 11.22 a.m., 12.52 p.m. and 1.22 p.m. . The travel times are not adhered to; a five-minute delay in Ihringen for the train from Freiburg is “normal”. Reaching the connection in Gottenheim in the direction of Endingen is a lottery game if you come from Ihringen, as the underpass must be used and the corresponding train parts are at the maximum possible distance on the platforms.
The Breisgau S-Bahn cannot cope with the snow at all. On Friday morning, the train initially canceled at 6.17 a.m. from Ihringen. The next train at 6.48 a.m. was correspondingly full. The coupling in Gottenheim did not work, so that only part of the train continued from Endingen to Freiburg, which was then correspondingly overcrowded – with an increased risk of corona infection for all passengers. On Friday afternoon in Kirchzarten the trains canceled at 3:05 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 3:35 p.m. in the direction of Freiburg without any information on site or in the DB app.
As a result, I unfortunately have to say for the Breisgau S-Bahn on the section between Ihringen and Freiburg that there is still no reliable and predictable train service. In the morning and in the evening it is a game of chance whether the trains are running. I never know when I’ll get to work or when I’ll be home again.
In this condition you cannot use the Breisgau S-Bahn if you have to meet deadlines. After the announcements and promises made, that is a shame.
Stefan Friday, Ihringen“Was the onset of winter unthinkable?”
On “Stopped trains and cut electricity” in the BZ of January 16:
This article describes the situation on Friday, January 15th. It can be added to Thursday, January 14th: At 6 p.m. the DB Navigator will show that the train from Neustadt to Titisee will be canceled at 6:58 p.m. The train, which is supposed to go from Villingen to Freiburg, also ends in Neustadt because of the line closure, where it arrives around 6.45 p.m. In front of Neustadt, the travelers are informed that an SEV is not possible because the streets are partially closed. Taxi costs would be replaced by ticket expenses. Despite possibly problematic road conditions, more than 20 people are waiting for a taxi. One drives with three people in the back seats on a well-prepared road to Freiburg. The required distance between travelers is illusory. That same evening I drove from Hinterzarten to Littenweiler at 4:45 p.m. and wanted to go back at 6:20 p.m. There was only one announcement for one train to Endingen and Breisach that it was canceled. Until 7 p.m. there was neither a train in the direction of the Kingdom of Heaven nor an announcement. It was lousy cold on the platform.
I was forced to call my husband to pick me up by car, which he had to pick up on foot at the Hinterzarten train station. On the way home around 8.30 p.m. we saw an SEV coming towards us on the B31. It was known that it would snow that day. It had been known since at least 6 p.m. that an SEV was necessary. Taxis were not asked for help early in Neustadt. Storm damage was repaired on the route at night by the beginning of December. Was the onset of winter unthinkable at the time? Couldn’t prophylactic work be done? Bettina Schlueter, Hinterzarten