Train travellers beware: Germany's national rail system, Deutsche Bahn, is suffering from industrial
action by train drivers. While Berlin itself is not directly affected, regional strikes in Rostock,
Magdeburg, Frankfurt and southwestern Germany may cause delays on regional and intercity
trains to and from the capital.
Berlin's S-Bahn is not part of this action. However, it is suffering from personnell problems of
its own, with drivers and other staff orchestrating an unofficial "go-slow" campaign in
protest at detoriating
working conditions. This is resulting in fewer trains running, and of those trains which are running,
many are reduced in length.
Posted at 2007-07-02 10:08:00
Berlin is to get two new international destinations: from November LTU will
start flying three times a week to the Thai capital Bangkok. Fares are expected to be around €700
(economy / coach) and €1600 (business). LTU will also fly once a week to Melbourne in Florida.
LTU was recently taken over by Germany's second largest carrier, Air Berlin,
which operates an extensive network of domestic and European flights from Tegel Airport. It's thought this is part of a move by Air Berlin to build up
an international air network based at Tegel, and later at the newBerlin Brandenburg International airport.
Posted at 2007-05-30 07:56:00
Tegel's new Terminal C
Berlin might be getting a brand new airport - the BBI -
in a few years time, which will replace the city's exisiting airports,
but that hasn't stopped construction work at the city's mainTegel Airport, which is bursting at the seams.
Posted at 2007-05-24 09:40:00
It's been a long time in planning, but it looks like construction on the new S-Bahn station Julius-Leber-Brücke on lineS1 will finally get underway in June.
The station, which will be located beneath the Julius-Leber-Bridge on the Kolonnenstraße in Schöneberg, should open in 2008 at a cost of around €6.4 million. The
station has been in planning since the late 1980s, but reunification put other priorities on the S-Bahn's
repair and expansion plans.
Posted at 2007-05-21 14:14:00
It seems like it's vintage transport season: after the buses last
Saturday, this time it's trams, up in Pankow where the
Denkmalpflege-Verein Nahverkehr Berlin is having an open day at the Straßenbahnhof Niederschönhausen.
Posted at 2007-05-13 14:05:00
The section of U-Bahn line U2 between
Schönhauser Allee will be
closed from May 14 until June 14 for much-needed maintenance work.
(Schienenersatzverkehr) will be running along the closed section of line, calling atRosa-Luxemburg-Platz,Senefelderplatz, Eberswalder Straße and Schönhauser Allee. Bicycles cannot be carried.
Posted at 2007-05-10 08:03:00
One for transport fans and afficionados of vintage buses: on May 12th (Saturday) theBVG is running old-timers on the M45 route betweenZoo Station and Spandau. Around a dozen
historical omnibuses will be running between 9am and 6pm - the normal BVG fares are valid, no extra
payment required. (This is an annual event, which takes place on the Saturday before Muttertag
Posted at 2007-05-10 01:17:00
on Berlin's U-Bahn
system caused by problems with the newest
"H-Series" trains have now been lifted, and as of today services have
been restored to the normal timetable.
Posted at 2007-05-02 09:16:00
Berlin's new airport, BBI (Berlin Brandenburg
International, being constructed on the site ofSchönefeld Airport) is gearing up to be one of
the city's mega building projects. And what's a huge building site
without some kind of viewing tower? The BBI site will be getting a
futuristic "Infotower" (pictured) and visitor centre this summer. The
tower will be 32m tall and have two viewing platforms, one on the top
and one lower down inside.
Official fact sheet is here.
Posted at 2007-04-25 19:10:00
It looks like the BVG is having problems with
its newest trains, the so-called "H-Series" (recognisable by their
bright yellow livery and the connections between each carriage).
Problems with the wheel bearings, which are wearing out much earlier
than expected, mean 20 of these trains have been taken out of service
for emergency repairs.
has resulted in a reduction in services on lines U5, U6, U7, U8 and U9, with service intervals being extended from the
usual 4 or 5 minutes to between 7 and 8 minutes. Repairs should be
completed by the second week of May, when the normal timetable will be
Posted at 2007-04-17 13:17:00
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