An act of “sabotage” paralyzes rail traffic in Germany

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German rail traffic was paralyzed on Saturday in the north of the country after an act of “sabotage” targeting radio link cables. All regional and high-speed lines were interrupted for nearly three hours.

An act of “sabotage” targeting radio link cables caused, on Saturday, October 8, the paralysis of rail traffic in northern Germany. For nearly three hours on Saturday morning, all high-speed and regional connections in the north of the country were interrupted.

After the partial restoration of traffic, the Deutsche Bahn company claimed that “sabotage” was the cause of the breakdown. This sabotage targeted “cables essential to the circulation of trains”, the German company told AFP.

It would be more precisely the GSM-R radio network of the servant trains for communication with the drivers but also, more generally, of “central interface between the trains and the infrastructure” of control, according to Spiegel, the first media to raise, citing security sources, suspicions of sabotage.

Stranded Travelers

However, these essential cables could have been cut “in two places”, says Spiegel.

“Fiber optic cables” would have been cut in Berlin and in North Rhine-Westphalia (west), the most populated region of Germany, abounds the popular daily Bild.

Action against this cable would not be within the reach of the first place and would require “certain knowledge” of the rail system, underline sources close to Deutsche Bahn with Bild, specifying that the federal police is in charge of the investigation.

The incident notably led to an interruption of connections between Berlin and certain regions in the west and north of the country such as Schleswig-Holstein, the cities of Hamburg and Bremen or even Lower Saxony and part of North Rhineland. -Westphalia.

The Berlin-Amsterdam link had also been suspended.

Thousands of travelers thus remained stranded in stations on Saturday morning. Cancellations and delays were still to be expected on Saturday during the day despite the restoration of rail links, warned Deutsche Bahn.

Reinforced monitoring

This act comes just over two weeks after sabotage actions targeting the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines from Russia to Germany.

The German government had in the process reinforced the protection of its critical infrastructures.

The Deutsche Bahn company is regularly singled out for the numerous delays on its lines. It had thus announced at the beginning of September that it would have to carry out titanic work, in particular with the replacement of 137,000 concrete sleepers, to upgrade its tracks.

The derailment of a train in the Bavarian Alps at the beginning of June, which had improved the death of five people and made more than 40 injured, had brought a tragic illustration of the poor state of the German lines, linked to years of underinvestment.

These failures found all the more badly as the government in recent months encourage the Germans, great followers of the car, to take the train.

Tested throughout the summer in Germany, a monthly ticket at 9 euros allowing travel on the entire German network (excluding high-speed trains) has met with great success, with approximately 52 million tickets sold.

With AFP


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