Rail Strikes this week
Looks like another round of stoppages is upcoming: train drivers' union GDL will be striking across Germany on Thursday and Friday this week, and Monday and Tuesday next week. The strikes will affect non-intercity trains, i.e. regional lines and S-Bahn networks only, following an injunction obtained by Deutsche Bahn.
In contrast to the last strike on Friday, which was known in advance and only lasted three hours, the upcoming strikes will take place without advance notice. Deutsche Bahn won't be putting any emergency timetable in place this time.
In Berlin, it's likely a large number of services on S-Bahn network will not be able to run, but there are enough non-GDL drivers to maintain a basic service. However, the "wildcat" nature of the strikes may mean drivers stop trains at inconvenient locations. Plan for delays, and avoid the S-Bahn where possible.
Posted at 2007-10-10 08:50:00 in