Those are the biggest buggers
German trains screw up our punctuality rate
Switzerland is proud of the punctuality of its railways. An evaluation of the 2022 timetable now shows which connections had the most delays.
Published: 11:01 am
Updated: 11:28 am
The SBB are top when it comes to punctuality.
We Swiss are proud of the punctuality of our trains. The punctuality rate at SBB is around 92 percent. The unpunctual eight percent are mostly trains that travel to Switzerland from abroad, as an analysis by CH Media shows.
The number one latecomer is that of the Deutsche Bahn (DB), which departs from Karlsruhe and stops at the Badischer Bahnhof in Basel. In around 85 percent of all journeys, this connection is too late.
The reason for the frequent delay, according to the media office, is the Rhine Valley Railway. The route between Karlsruhe and Basel is one of the busiest routes and it is difficult to compensate for delays.
The Eurocity connection from Munich to Zurich is also four times in the top ten list for 2022. This is a problem, especially for commuters. In 75 percent of the cases, train passengers have to wait for this connection. SBB media spokeswoman Sabrina Schellenberg says: “The infrastructure in Germany with a long single-track line and train crossings in the Allgäu makes operations very demanding.” For this reason, the SBB could not change much about it.
SBB generally on time
Also in the delayed top ten is a Rhaetian Railway (RhB) train, the Bernina Express. The train runs from Chur to Tirano in Italy. The route on the seasonally highly frequented route is always fully utilized. RhB media spokeswoman Yvonne Dünser told CH Media that the Bernina route is mainly single-track and therefore also has to be serviced if oncoming trains are delayed.
Delays can also often occur at night – the main reason for this is construction work. “When trains pass construction sites, they often have to slow down. This can lead to delays,” explains Sabrina Schellenberg.
On the whole, however, SBB trains are usually on time. Schellenberg: «SBB strives to plan as precisely and robustly as possible and with the necessary and appropriate reserves at the right place. In this way, daily fluctuations in operation, such as disruptions to trains and infrastructure or the effects of the weather, can be better absorbed.» (lrc)
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